Veteran Congress leader, former union minister MV Rajasekharan is dead

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Updated: April 13, 2020 6:20:03 PM

An agriculturist and a noted rural development consultant, he was born on September 12, 1928 at Maralawadi in Ramanagara district.

MV Rajasekharan, MV Rajasekharan passes away“He (Rajasekharan) was my well wisher and used to always offer guidance on different issues. He used to be in regular correspondence with me,” the vice-president said. (File Photo/ANI)

Veteran Congress leader and former union minister M V Rajasekharan died at a private hospital here on Monday after a prolonged illness, family sources said. The 91-year-old, who had served as a Lok Sabha member, MLC and Minister of State for Planning in the Manmohan Singh government, was ailing from old age related health issues.

Son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister S Nijalingappa, he is survived by wife Girija Rajasekharan, two sons and two daughters. An agriculturist and a noted rural development consultant, he was born on September 12, 1928 at Maralawadi in Ramanagara district.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy condoled the death of Rajasekharan, a Gandhian known for value-based politics. Yediyurappa and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shiva Kumar were among those who paid their last respects to the late leader. In his message, Naidu called Rajasekharan a Gandhian, who was known for his erudition and simplicity.

“He (Rajasekharan) was my well wisher and used to always offer guidance on different issues. He used to be in regular correspondence with me,” the vice-president said.

Describing Rajasekharan as a politician with simplicity, humility and great maturity, Yediyurappa said the departed leader was an authority on rural economy and noted that he had set up an institute for rural development studies. Ramesh said Rajasekharan led a full and purposeful life and “I have a very many fond memories of our long association. I salute him. Such people are an endangered, almost extinct species.”

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