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BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga from Maharashtra passes away, Budget presentation unlikely to be affected

The three-time MP’s funeral will be held in his native Kawada village in Maharashtra on Wednesday

india Updated: Jan 30, 2018 17:13 IST
Ram Parmar & Agencies
Ram Parmar & Agencies
Hindustan Times
Chintaman Wanaga,BJP,Maharashtra
Senior BJP MP from Maharashtra Chintaman Wanaga, 67, passed away in Delhi on Tuesday.(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Maharashtra Chintaman Wanaga, 67, passed away in Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital on Tuesday, doctors said.

The presentation of the Union Budget on February 1 is unlikely to be affected by Wanaga’s death, sources in the parliamentary affairs ministry said. An obituary reference will be read out by the speaker when the House meets next, on February 1.

Wanaga, a three-time MP who had been elected to Lok Sabha from Palghar, Maharashtra, in 2014, was declared dead on arrival when he was brought to the hospital around 11.15am after collapsing at his Ferozeshah Kotla Road residence. “He was brought to RML hospital around 11.15 am. We tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes, but he could not be revived. He was declared brought dead around 11.45 am,” the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr VK Tiwary told PTI.

The cause of the death is being investigated, sources said. “He was undergoing treatment for a brain clot in New Delhi for the past two years as there was an issue of blood flow to the brain,” said Shantaram Dole, a close associate of Wanaga from Talasari taluka, Palghar.

His son will reach Delhi by 6pm on Tuesday, and bring back his body to Kawada village in Talasari, where he hailed from, Dole revealed. “His funeral will be held on Wednesday at noon,” he added.

Wanaga, who is survived by wife Jayshri and five children, was born on June 1, 1950, in Kawada village. An advocate by profession, he has practised in several courts in Maharashtra, the Thane sessions court and in Bombay High Court between 1980 and 1996, Dole said.

He was also actively involved in farming, along with his two sons.

The leader was instrumental in the release of some Talasari fishermen arrested by the Pakistan navy while fishing in international waters.

Prathamesh Prabhutendolkar, a railway activist, said Wanaga was behind the introduction and extension of the first Dahanu local train to Andheri, as well as other railway projects such as the building of foot over-bridges at Vasai and Nallasopara. “Just last week, Wanaga had promised us that he would raise the issue of increasing the frequency of local trains from Churchgate to Dahanu in Parliament,” said Prabhutendolkar, a member of the Dahanu Vaitarna Pravasi Sevabhavi Sanstha.

Inputs from PTI

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 13:48 IST