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Former Gujarat CM Amarsinh Chaudhary no more

August 15, 2004 15:43 IST

Veteran Congress leader and former Gujarat chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhary died on Sunday after a prologned illness. He was 64.

Chaudhary, the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat legislative assembly, was admitted to SAL hospital in Ahmedabad
on July 24 for severe liver and kidney complications, hospital sources said.

"He was also suffering from bleeding in the oesophagus (food pipe) for the last 25 days. After intermittent bleeding, it started again on August 13 and a team of doctors from Mumbai tried to stop it on Saturday night," Dr Kaushal Vyas, who was attending on Chaudhary, was quoted as saying.

Chaudhary, whose political career spanned nearly three decades, breathed his last at 12:15 pm, Dr Vyas said.

Born on July 31, 1941, Chaudhary was a civil engineer by profession. He emerged as a prominent tribal leader and was the chief minister of Gujarat from 1985 to 1989.

His body would be taken to his bungalow in Gandhinagar where Congress leaders, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party members, including Chief Minister Narendra Modi, would pay their last respects.

He will be cremated in his native town of Dolvan in Vyara taluka of Surat district on Monday, family sources said in Surat.

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