Sunderlal Patwa, the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, died
Patwa, an RSS ideologue, was instrumental in consolidating BJP base in Madhya Pradesh (undivided).
Sunderlal Patwa, the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, died at a private hospital in Bhopal on 28 December 2016. He was 92.
The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and two-times chief minister of Madhya Pradesh is considered as a political mentor of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
• He was born on 11 November 1924 at Kukdeshwar in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh.
• He was one of the founding pillars of BJP in the undivided state.
• He was appointed as Chief Minister of the state for a brief period of two months in 1980 (20 January to 17 February 1980) as a member of Janta Party and again from 5 March 1990 to 15 December 1992, as a leader of the BJP. His second tenure was curtailed by the imposition of the President’s rule in 1992.
• In 1997, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Chhindwara after a by-poll but lost the seat in 1998 general elections. In the by-poll elections, he defeated Congress strongman Kamal Nath from his home turf, which was taken back during the general elections.
• In the general elections of 1999, Patwa won the Lok Sabha seat from Hoshangabad and became a Cabinet Minister in the then government led by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
• His nephew Surendra Patwa is Minister for Culture and Tourism in the incumbent BJP-led state government.
The state government has announced a three-day state mourning after Patwa’s death.