Congress MP Unexpectedly Passes Away on Bharat Jodo Yatra
Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary passed away from a heart attack in the border area of India while on a Jaito Yatra this morning. He was 76 years old.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary, a representative from Jalandhar, collapsed during the foot march in Punjab’s Phillaur district. He was taken to the hospital in Phagwara in an ambulance, where he subsequently died.
Rahul Gandhi was also leading the party procession at the yatra, but midway, he opted to go to the hospital where the veteran Congress leader was taken, a party leader said. He will meet with Mr. Chaudhary’s family at his home in Jalandhar later.
The yatra has been suspended for now.
The Punjab leg of the Indian National Congress’ annual hiking event began on Wednesday in Fatehgarh Sahib. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge observed that the death of Rajya Sabha MP Chaudhary Charan Singh was “a great blow to the party and organization.”
Deeply saddened and shocked to learn about our MP Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary’s untimely passing away, he is a great loss to the party and organization. In this hour of grief, I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace.
The lonely congressman Santosh Singh Chaudhary, aged 76, died early this morning from a sudden cardiac arrest while on the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. There will be some changes in the schedule for the yatra which will be shared shortly.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also shared condolences.
Mr. Chaudhary’s wins for the Indian National Congress in the 2014 and 2019 Indian parliamentary elections earned him a seat in the lower house of Parliament. Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary is the MLA of the Congress party’s Phillaur branch.