Veteran Congress chief and former Chhattisgarh minister Chanesh Ram Rathiya died on account of COVID-19 at a hospital in Raigarh early this morning, a well being official mentioned. He was 78.
“Chanesh Rathiya, who was suffering from age-related ailments, was admitted in a private hospital here on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus. He died at around 1 am,” Raigarh Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr SN Keshari mentioned.
Chanesh Rathiya, a distinguished tribal chief from north Chhattisgarh, was elected as an MLA for the primary time in 1977 from Dharamjaigarh constituency within the then undivided Madhya Pradesh. He subsequently received 5 extra Assembly elections in a row from the identical seat.
He served as animal husbandry minister within the Digvijay Singh led-Congress authorities in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh, and was the meals and civil provides minister within the Ajit Jogi authorities (2000-2003) after the formation of Chhattisgarh in 2000.
His elder son Laljeet Singh Rathiya is at present a Congress legislator from Dharamjaigarh seat in Chhattisgarh.
The chief is survived by his spouse, two sons and three daughters.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed grief over Chanesh Rathiya’s demise. “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of former minister and prominent tribal leader Chanesh Ram Rathiya ji. He will always be remembered in Dharamjaigarh and the entire state for serving people,” Mr Baghel tweeted.
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