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Congress veteran Vidya Charan Shukla passes away

ANI  |  Gurgaon 

Veteran leader Vidya Charan Shukla, who was critically injured in the May 25 attack in Chhattisgarh, breathed his last at Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital this afternoon. He was 84.

Shukla, who sustained three bullets in his body, was earlier unable to breathe easily and had been kept on ventilator.

The veteran's kidneys had stopped functioning and he was undergoing dialysis.

Heavily-armed Maoists had on May 25 ambushed a convoy of leaders in the state's Bastar district, killing 28 people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, Congress leader Karma and ex-Uday Mudliyar and injuring 37 others.

Shukla was born on August 2, 1929 at Raipur. His father Pt. Ravishankar Shukla was a lawyer, freedom fighter, veteran Congressman, of Central Provinces and Berar and the first Chief Minister of reorganised Madhya Pradesh.

For the general elections in 1957, the chose him as their candidate from Mahasamund constituency. He won with a thumping majority and entered the Parliament of India as one of the youngest Parliamentarians.

He returned elected to nine times in subsequent elections. When Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister in 1966, she chose him as a Minister in her Cabinet.

In a long span of political career he has held many portfolios including Communications, Home, Defence, Finance, Planning, Information and Broadcasting, Civil Supplies, External Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources.

First Published: Tue, June 11 2013. 15:29 IST