Ludhiana: Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary passed on from a cardiovascular failure during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Punjab toward the beginning of today. He was 76.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary, the party’s MP from Jalandhar, fell during the foot walk in Punjab’s Phillaur. He was taken to a medical clinic in Phagwara in a rescue vehicle, where he kicked the bucket later.
Rahul Gandhi, who was driving the yatra, left the walk halfway and raced to the clinic where the veteran Congress pioneer had been taken, a party chief said. He is probably going to meet Mr Chaudhary’s family at his home in Jalandhar sometime in the afternoon.
The yatra has been suspended for the present.
The Punjab leg of the Congress’ uber foot walk started on Wednesday from Fatehgarh Sahib.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said Mr Chaudhary’s passing is a “extraordinary disaster for the party and association”.
“Profoundly stunned and disheartened to find out about the inconvenient dying of our MP, Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary. His misfortune is an extraordinary disaster for the party and association. In this hour of pain, my heart goes out to his family, companions and devotees. May his spirit find happiness in the hereafter,” he tweeted.
Congress pioneer Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Santokh Singh Chaudhary, matured 76, Congress MP from Jalandhar, died from an unexpected heart failure during the Bharat Jodo Yatra toward the beginning of today. We stretch out our most profound sympathies to his loved ones. There will be a few changes in timetable of the yatra which will be shared presently.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Punjab Boss Priest Bhagwant Mann additionally communicated sympathies.
Mr Chaudhary had won the Lok Sabha decisions two times – first in 2014 and later in 2019. His child Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary is the Congress MLA from Phillaur get together voting public in Punjab.