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Leaders who met their end in accidents

  • BJP, Gopinath Munde, Rural Development minister

    The senior BJP leader and Rural Development Minister in Modi's Cabinet died in a road accident in Delhi on June 3, 2014, when his car collided head on with another vehicle. Munde was Opposition Leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during 1992-1995. He was also the state's Dy Chief Minister between 1995-99. Munde was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014, and served as Deputy Leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha.

  • YSR, Naxals

    Two-time chief minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, YSR as he was popularly known, was reported missing when the helicopter he was flying in disappeared on 2 September 2009, while passing through the Nallamala forest area. Bad weather seemed to have forced the helicopter off course. The PMO confirmed the chopper's crash and the death of all aboard the next day. Although the forest area is seen as a Naxalite stronghold, possibility of a Naxal attack was ruled out.

  • Congress, Madhavrao Scindia

    A senior Congress leader who never lost an election, and who made a mark as one of India's most remarkable Railway Ministers, Madhavrao Scindia was killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh on 30 September 2001. Seven others who were on the aircraft also perished.

  • Congress, Dorjee Khandu

    The Congress leader and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister was reported missing on 30 April 2011, when the helicopter with him and four others on a trip from Tawang to Itanagar disappeared. Four days later, tribals found the remains of the crashed helicopter near Tawang district. Khandu's death was officially confirmed on 5 May 2011.

  • Telugu Desam Party, Lok Sabha, Ganti Mohana Chandra Balayogi

    A Telugu Desam Party leader and speaker for the 12th and 13th Lok Sabhas, Ganti Mohana Chandra Balayogi was also Minister for Higher Education in the former state of Andhra Pradesh. He died when the Bell 206 helicopter he was flying in crashed on 3 March 2002, Kaikalur, Krishna District.

  • Airforce officer, Rajesh Pilot, Rajiv Gandhi

    A stalwart of the Congress Party and a former Airforce officer, Rajesh Pilot was also Internal Security Minister under Rajiv Gandhi's leadership. He died in a car accident near Jaipur, Rajasthan on 11 June 2000.