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Posted on Nov 11, 04:18PM | UNI
Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch (CSM) president and former BJP MP Tarachand Sahu died early this morning at Mumbai's Lilawati Hospital following a prolonged illness.
He was 65.
He is survived by his wife Bhusan, four daughters and one son.
According to his family sources, the four-time BJP MP from Durg constituency had recently undergone a major tumor operation and was admitted to the Lilawati Hospital four days ago following multiple organ complications.
He breathed his last at around 0300 hrs today. His body will be brought to his political bastion Durg this afternoon and will be taken to his ancestral home Kachandur in the newly-created Balod district tomorrow morning for the last rites.
Sahu, who was expelled from the BJP three months before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls for his anti-party activities, was virtually playing the lead role for formation of a third front in the state by uniting the NCP, the LJP, the Samajwadi Party, the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, the Gondwana Ganatantra Party and other regional parties to fight against ruling BJP and opposition Congress in the assembly elections due next year.
Expressing their shock over the sudden demise of the leader, former Union Minister and suspended Congress leader Arvind Netam said the death of Sahu has come as a huge blow to the movement, which had just taken shape after several rounds of discussion with all these parties, including NCP supremo and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar during his recent Raipur visit.
Born on January 1, 1947, Sahu was elected twice to the undivided Madhya Pradesh Assembly in 1990 and 1993 from Gundardehi constituency in Durg district on BJP ticket.
He made his debut in Lok Sabha from Durg in 1996 and continued to retain the seat in 1998, 1999 and 2004 elections.