Former MP chief minister Kailash Joshi passes away, PM Modi lauds his contribution

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Updated: November 24, 2019 4:51 PM

He was MLA for eight terms and also served as member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

Born on July 14, 1929, Joshi, who was called as the ‘saint of politics’, served as the state’s chief minister from 1977 to 1978. (Express Photo)

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Kailash Joshi died at a private hospital here on Sunday after prolonged illness, a family member said. He was 90. “He breathed his last at the Bansal Hospital here,” his son and former state minister Deepak Joshi told PTI.

Kailash Joshi was suffering from heart problems and diabetes, an official at the hospital said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at Joshi’s demise and lauded his contribution towards strengthening the Jan Sangh and BJP. In a tweet, Modi said, “Kailash Joshi Ji was a stalwart who made a strong contribution towards Madhya Pradesh’s growth. He worked hard to strengthen Jan Sangh and
BJP in Central India.” “He made a mark as an effective legislator. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om
Shanti,” he tweeted.

Joshi is survived by three sons and three daughters. His wife died a few months back, a source said. The last rites will be performed on Monday at his ancestral town Hatpipalya in Dewas district, former BJP MP Alok Sanjar said. Senior BJP leader and former state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached the hospital soon after getting information about Joshi’s death.

Born on July 14, 1929, Joshi, who was called as the ‘saint of politics’, served as the state’s chief minister from 1977 to 1978. He was a legislator for eight terms and also served as member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. He represented the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency from 2004 to 2014.

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