Prime Minister Contender: The Senior Congress Leaders Rajesh Pilot road Accident

Prime Minister Contender: The Senior Congress Leaders Rajesh Pilot road Accident

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Rajesh Pilot – NEW DELHI, JUNE 11 2000: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Rajesh Pilot died today in a tragic road accident near his constituency, Dausa, while he was returning to Jaipur after a visit there.  Reports from Jaipur, where 55-year-old Pilot was rushed, after the accident, said the jeep he was travelling in met with a head-on collision with a Rajasthan roadways bus. The senior Congress was seriously injured in the mishap and was rushed to SMS hospital in Jaipur, where he succumbed to his injuries. His gunman, according to official sources, was killed on the spot.  Pilot was returning to Jaipur from Dausa to take a flight back to Delhi when the accident took place around 4.45 pm. Principal of the SMS hospital Prof S R Dharkar said Pilot was brought to the hospital with multiple injuries. A member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Pilot is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. As word of his tragic accident reached the Capital, partymen, friends and well-wishers began to throng at his 10, Akbar Road residence here. The first to arrive was Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who rushed to be near Pilot’s wife at their residence soon after she learnt of the accident. The Congress leader’s wife, Rama Pilot, later left by special plane for Jaipur, accompanied by other family members. Pilot’s son, who is in Mumbai, is also expected to reach Jaipur tonight.  Representing Dausa in the Lok sabha for the sixth time, Pilot, who quit the Indian Air Force in 1979 when he was a squadron leader, entered the house for the first time in 1980. He was minister of state for home and communications in the P V Narasimha Rao Government. As news of the tragedy spread, a wave of shock and grief gripped political circles, cutting across party lines. Among the first to react to the news of his untimely demise was former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, who said, it was unimaginable that such a rising star of Indian politics would pass away in such tragic circumstances. “He had identified himself with the farmers and as a Parliamentarian gave voice to their problems. Senior party leader Madhavrao Scindia, who is in the United States, said he was shocked to learn of the tragic and most untimely demise of Rajesh Pilot. “In his lifetime, he relentlessly championed the cause of the farmers and the economically weaker sections…Rajesh represented a new generation of leadership which believed in working toward a cause with the greatest commitment and dynamism. His loss is a great loss to the party and the nation.” AICC treasurer and CWC member Ahmed Patel described him as “a very dynamic leader” whose death was a “very big loss” to the party while his CWC colleague K Natwar Singh said he was “not only an outstanding Congress leader but a national figure in his own right who felt deeply for the underprivileged and downtrodden.”

 

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