Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary passed away on the morning of Saturday, 14 January in Punjab’s Phillaur after suffering a heart attack during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. He was 76.
He was walking aside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when he suddenly fell unwell as his heartbeat increased.
According to the report, the Congress MP from Jalandhar was taken to Phagwara’s Virk Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Meanwhile, the Bharat Jodo Yatra has been halted in Phillaur area of Jalandhar district in Punjab, news agency PTI has reported.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, said that he was "shocked at the sudden demise of Santokh Singh Chaudhary."
Offering his condolences, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann tweeted in Punjabi saying, “I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of Congress Member of Parliament from Jalandhar, Santokh Singh Chowdhury.. May God rest his soul in peace.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolences, tweeting, "He will be remembered for his efforts to serve the people of Punjab."
Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring tweeted saying, "Not just Congress, entire India will remember your sacrifice."