LUDHIANA: India’s Congress party MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary died of a heart attack during Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unity March) in Punjab on Saturday morning. He was 76, reports NDTV.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary, the party's MP from Jalandhar, collapsed during the Congress' mega foot march in Punjab's Phillaur while he was walking with Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi left the march midway and rushed to the hospital where Chaudhary had been taken, a party leader said. He also met Chaudhary's family members at his home in Jalandhar's Dhaliwal.
The yatra has been suspended for now, said Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, adding Chaudhary's cremation will be done tomorrow morning.
He said Chaudhary was very excited about the yatra as it was passing through his area.
Gandhi later shared a photo collage from today's yatra in which Chaudhary is seen walking with him and other party leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Chaudhary's death, saying he will be remembered for his efforts to serve the people of Punjab.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said Chaudhary's death is a great blow to the party and organisation.
Deeply shocked and saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of our MP, Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary. His loss is a great blow to the party and organisation. In this hour of grief, my heart goes out to his family, friends and followers. May his soul rest in peace, he tweeted.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, aged 76, Congress MP from Jalandhar, passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest during the Bharat Jodo Yatra this morning. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. There will be some changes in schedule of the yatra which will be shared shortly.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former Congress leader Amarinder Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also expressed condolences.
Extremely saddened to hear about the sudden demise of MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary ji due to a heart attack today.
Chaudhary had won the Lok Sabha elections twice - first in 2014 and later in 2019. His son Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary is a Congress MLA from Phillaur assembly constituency in Punjab.