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Newly-elected Gujarat Congress MLA passes away

December 21, 2012 14:49 IST
A newly-elected Congress MLA on Friday passed away in a private hospital in Vadodara after suffering brain haemorrhage.

Fifty-two-year-old Savitaben Khant was on Thursday declared elected from Morva Hadaf Assembly constituency in Panchmahal district.

Khant was at the counting centre on Thursday when she felt giddy and fell off the chair. She was rushed to a hospital in Godhra, the district headquarters of Panchmahal.

After her condition deteriorated, the Congress leader was shifted to a private hospital in , about 100 km from Godhra, they said, adding she was kept on ventilator but died around noon due to brain haemorrhage, her family said.

Khant, a resident of Viramiya village, had defeated her nearest rival Bijalbhai Damor of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of 11,289 votes in the newly-formed constituency. Tragically, she was unaware of her victory till she breathed her last.

Her supporters rushed to the hospital here after learning about the illness.

Khant's body will be taken to Godhra to enable the party workers to pay their respect before the last rites are performed, Panchmahal Congress leader Samarsinh Patel said.

With Khant's death, the Opposition party's strength in the 182-member Assembly has been reduced to 60.

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