BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga passes away

New Delhi: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra, Chintaman Navsha Wanaga died of heart attack on Tuesday at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here.

Born on 1 Jun 1950, 67-years-old Wanaga is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

According to the hospital spokesperson, Wanaga was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state at 11:15 AM on Tuesday. Doctors tried to bring him to the conscious state for almost half an hour. At around 11: 45 AM, doctors declared him dead.

The presentation of the Union Budget on 1 February is unlikely to be affected by Wanaga’s death, sources in the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry said.

An obituary reference would be read out by the speaker on 1 February, when the House meets. There are no sittings of Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Last year, the government went ahead with Budget presentation despite the demise of IUML leader E Ahamed, who had collapsed during the President’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses. The House did not meet the next day as a mark of respect.

His body will be taken to his village in Kawad in Talasari where the last rites will be performed on Wednesday, family sources said.

Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on the death of the MP. Modi tweeted, “Pained by the unfortunate demise of my colleague and MP from Palghar, Shri Chintaman Wanaga. He played an important role in building the BJP in the Thane region and did commendable work for the welfare of tribals. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this sad hour.”

BJP president Amit Shah also expressed his condolences. Shah said, “Pained to know about the untimely demise of Shri Chintaman Wanagaji, our MP from Palghar, Maharashtra. He devoted his entire life for the welfare of tribals and deprived. His passing away is an irreparable loss to the BJP. I express my deepest condolences to his family & friends.”

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Shocked and saddened to know about the sudden demise of our MP from Palghar Shri Chintaman Wanagaji who was known for his simplicity. My deepest condolences to family, friends, and karyakarta.”

BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga, who was an advocate by profession, had won from the Palghar Lok Sabha constituency. He had defeated sitting MP Baliram Jadhav of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. He was a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development and the Committee on Welfare of SCs and STs.

Wanaga was also elected to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996 and 13th Lok Sabha in 1999 from the Dahanu. In his early days, Wanaga stayed in the Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra at Talsari. He was closely associated with right-wing leader Madhavrao Kane and studied law in a college in Bhiwandi.

 Hindusthan Samachar

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