Former Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik dead at 76

Former Goa Congress President and two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik, died of a large coronary heart assault on Saturday, a celebration chief mentioned. He was 76.

Girish Chodankar, who changed Naik, as state Congress president in April advised IANS from Panaji: “Naik handed away round 6.30 a.m.”

“He complained of chest ache, after which he was rushed to a personal hospital in Margao city,” Chodankar mentioned. He was declared introduced lifeless on the Trimurti hospital.

Naik’s final rites would happen on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at his native village Cuncolim in south Goa, he added.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoling the demise, mentioned: “I’m sorry to listen to in regards to the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress chief, who performed an vital function within the battle for Goa’s statehood.

“My condolences to his household of their time of grief. Might his soul relaxation in peace,” Gandhi tweeted.

Naik, who headed the Goa Congress till lately, represented the state in Rajya Sabha for 2 consecutive phrases — from 2005 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2017.

Starting his political profession in 1967, Naik joined the Congress as a celebration employee and efficiently contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984.

He was additionally instrumental within the passage of the invoice that led to Goa’s statehood on Might 30, 1987.

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