Lucknow, Jul 31: RLD's Uttar Pradesh unit chief Munna Singh Chauhan, who was suffering from dengue, passed away here this morning.
Chauhan, 55, died at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in the city.
He was a prominent leader of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), an ex-MLA and former cabinet minister. UP Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have expressed grief over the demise of Chauhan.
Chauhan started his political career as a grassroot worker under the leadership of Chaudhary Charan Singh, when he was appointed as Faizabad district president of erstwhile Lok Dal (Youth Wing).
In 2000, Chauhan became the national president of the RLD's youth wing, party sources said. He also served as Leader of House in Legislative Council, wherein he raised issues of public importance such as ragging and fought the legal battle up to Supreme Court.
He held assignments on several Committees including Petition Committee and Committee on Ragging in the Legislative Council. He had been made RLD's General Secretary in 2007 and in 2012, RLD President Chaudhary Ajit Singh appointed him as the chief of the state unit.