Indore, Nov 28 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Rajendra Dharkar passed away this morning at a local hospital following brief illness.
He was 74.
Mr Dharkar is survived by two sons. He also served as state Housing Board chairman and Indore mayor. He was a committed worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Dhar-resident Dharkar was born here in 1933. Prior to joining the BJP, he was associated with the Jana Sangh. In 1958, he was elected corporator from here, served in that capacity for 12 years, was jailed during the Emergency and elected to the Assembly from here in 1977.
Mr Dharkar also handled the Local Self-Government, Law and Legislative Affairs portfolios as Minister of State and was Home Minister during Mr Sunderlal Patwa's chiefministership.
The demise was condoled by Governor Balram Jakhar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, his deputy Hazarilal Raghuvanshi, Leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi and several other leaders.