MADHYA PRADESH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2018: BJP CANDIDATE DEVISINGH PATEL PASSES AWAY

BJP candidate from the Rajpur Assembly seat in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh and former minister Devisingh Patel died of a heart attack Monday morning, a party leader said.

He was 66 and is survived by wife and two sons, state BJP executive member and Mr. Patel’s close confidant Om Soni said.

Mr. Patel, who had suffered a heart attack sometime back and had recovered, this morning complained of uneasiness and was rushed to the district hospital where he died during treatment, Mr. Soni said.

According to Mr. Soni, doctors said Mr. Patel suffered a cardiac arrest.

His last rites will be performed at his native village Bandarkachh in the district, BJP sources said.

Mr. Patel served as a minister of state in the Cabinet of former chief minister Uma Bharti. He first entered the Assembly in 1990 and then won three Assembly elections in a row from Rajpur — in 1998, 2003 and 2008.

In 2013, he lost to Congress candidate Bala Bachchan. Both Mr. Patel and Mr. Bachchan were given ticket from Rajpur(ST) constituency from their respective parties for the November 28 elections.