Jaipur: Rajasthan social justice and empowerment minister Master Bhanwar Lal Meghwal, who was suffering from brain hemorrhage, died in a hospital in Gurgaon on Monday. He was 72.

The state government declared a one-day state mourning on Tuesday following the demise of the Cabinet minister.

Meghwal, who represented Sujangarh assembly constituency of Churu district, suffered a brain stroke in May this year.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra, former deputy CM Sachin Pilot and other leaders condoled the death of Meghwal, who was a five-time MLA.

Deeply saddened at the passing away of my ministerial colleague Master Bhanwar Lal Meghwal ji after a prolonged illness. We have been together since 1980. My heartfelt condolences to his family members in this most difficult time, may God give them strength. May his soul RIP.

PCC chief Dotasra, who is also the education minister, condoled the death and prayed for the peace of the departed soul. He informed that the state government has declared a one-day mourning on Tuesday due to which the Congress party has also postponed a workshop, scheduled at the Birla auditorium in Jaipur, for the party workers for upcoming panchayat elections.

AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken, Gehlot and other leaders were scheduled to address the workshop.

Pilot also expressed his condolences on the demise of the minister. Recently, the minister’s daughter Banarasi Devi had died due to cardiac arrest.

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