Senior BJP leader and former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away, in the national capital, last night. Khurana, 83, was unwell for a while. Popularly known as `Delhi ka Sher’ (Lion of Delhi), for his efforts in strengthening BJP in the national capital, he was the first Chief Minister to serve Delhi, after the state legisaltive assembly was reinstated through the 69th Constitution Amendment Act, 1991. He was the Chief MInister from 1993 to 96.
The four-time parliamentarian also served as the Governor of Rajasthan in 2006. He also served as the Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. A vocal supporter of full statehood for Delhi, Khurana was a strident critic of the relationship between the Centre and state, in terms of the power that the Delhi government had.
Khurana is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage about five years ago and was ailing since then. He was also suffering from a chest infection and fever from last few days and was feeling breathless since Saturday morning, according to the family.
Winning ten out of eleven elections he contested in Delhi till 2003, Khurana was one of BJP’s more successful leaders whose mass appeal had translated into votes for the party. He was the lone BJP leader having mass appeal in the national capital.
“Anguished by the passing away of Shri Madan Lal Khurana Ji. He worked tirelessly for the progress of Delhi, particularly towards ensuring better infrastructure. He distinguished himself as a hardworking and people-friendly administrator, both in the Delhi government and Centre,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted from his Japan tour.
BJP chief Amit Shah also condoled the Khurana’s death. “Learnt of the unfortunate demise of former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana. He will be remembered as an ideal swayamsewak and a dedicated Vidhyarti Parishad worker and a strong pillar of the Jan Sangh and the BJP,” Shah tweeted. He had a key role in strengthening the organisation in Delhi and was popular as the ‘lion of Delhi’, he said. “On behalf of crores of BJP workers, I convey my condolences to the family of Khurana ji and pray for peace of the departed soul,” Shah said.