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Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister Sanwar Lal Jat passes away
New Delhi, August 9, 2017
Sanwar Lal Jat, former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ajmer in Rajasthan, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here early today after a brief illness.
He was 62. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Mr. Jat, who had served as the Minister of State for Water Resources in the Narendra Modi government, had been in coma for more than a week before the end came at 6.15 am today.
He had suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the party in Jaipur on July 22, sources said.
Born on January 1, 1955, Mr. Jat had a Master's degree in Commerce and a Ph.D. from the Rajasthan University. He initially worked as a supervisor at the Ajmer Dairy and later taught at the local government college.
He was a five-time member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and had also served as a Minister in the State Government. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2014 and served as Minister of State for Water Resources from November 9, 2014 to July 5, 2016.
He had also served as the Chairman of the Rajasthan Farmers' Commission.
His body was flown to Jaipur today and kept at the State BJP headquarters there for people to pay their last respects. His last rites will be performed at Gopalpura, his native village, tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his passing away. " Anguished by the demise of MP & former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat. This is a big loss for the BJP & the nation. My condolences," he said on Twitter.
"Shri Sanwar Lal Jat worked extensively for wellbeing of villages & farmers. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour," he added.