Madan Lal Khurana, former Delhi Chief Minister, passed away on October 27, 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was 82.
The veteran BJP leader was suffering from a chest infection and fever since the past few days and was feeling breathless since 27th morning. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage about five years ago and was ailing since then. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. His another son had died last month.
His last rites would be held on October 29. As a mark of respect, the Delhi government on October 28 declared a two-day state mourning. "We all are deeply saddened to hear of the demise of veteran leader and former CM of Delhi Madan Lal Khuranaji. As a mark of respect to the departed soul, state mourning shall be observed by Delhi government for two days," Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.
About Madan Lal Khurana
• Madan Lal Khurana was born on October 15, 1936 in Lyallpur, Punjab Province (British India), which is now known as Faisalabad and is a part of Punjab in Pakistan.
• Khurana was barely 12 when his family was forced to migrate to Delhi after Partition and began to piece its life together again at a refugee colony Kirti Nagar in New Delhi.
• He finished his bachelor's from Kirori Mal College in Delhi University. As a youth, Khurana became a teacher at PGDAV (evening) College before deciding to enter politics.
• Then he along with Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Kedar Nath Sahani and Kanwar Lal Gupta founded the Delhi chapter of the Jan Sangh, which in 1980 transformed into BJP.
• Khurana was the Jan Sangh's general secretary from 1965 to 1967. He dominated first Municipal Corporation politics and then the Metropolitan Council where he was the Chief Whip, Executive Councillor and Leader of the Opposition by turns.
• He along with Kedar Nath Sahani and Vijay Kumar Malhotra kept the party afloat in New Delhi for more than four decades spanning from 1960 to 2000.
• BJP suffered badly in 1984 general elections, which was held after the death of Indira Gandhi. Khurana is credited with reviving the party in the capital, New Delhi. He worked tirelessly and his efforts earned him the title of 'Dilli Ka Sher' (Lion of Delhi).
• He served as the Chief Minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996, after which he resigned amid controversy.
• He also served as the Union Minister of Parliamentary affairs and Tourism in the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government, before resigning in January 1999, owing to a fallout with the senior leadership of the party.
• He also served as the Governor of Rajasthan from January 2004 to October 2004, after which he resigned to return to politics in Delhi after almost half a dozen MLAs from Delhi went up to him in Jaipur Raj Bhawan requesting him to return to active politics.
• In August 2005, Khurana was removed from the BJP for indiscipline for publicly criticising the then BJP president L K Advani and expressing inability and discomfort at serving with him.
• In September 2005, he was taken back to the party and given back his responsibilities after he apologised about his remarks about the party's leadership. He was again expelled from the primary membership of the BJP in March 2006 for his anti-party statements.
• Though he was subsequently brought back into BJP, Khurana remained inactive from active politics until his death.
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