Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde passed away on Tuesday morning after meeting with a fatal car accident in Delhi.
Munde was en route to Indira Gandhi International airport to take a flight to Mumbai when the accident occurred at around 6.20 am in Delhi’s Moti Bagh area, not far from senior BJP leader LK Advani. His car was involved in a head-on collision with another car, an Indica, at Aurobindo Chowk. Munde was travelling with a personal security guard and his personal driver. The driver of the Indica has been arrested and preliminary inquiries are in progress.
According to his private secretary, who spoke to dna, though not physically injured in the accident, Munde suffered a massive cardiac arrest. He asked for a glass of water, which he drank, and then told his driver to rush him to hospital. He then collapsed in the car. He was rushed to theAll India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre at 6.30.
According to doctors at AIIMS, when Munde arrived at the hospital, he had no blood pressure, he was not breathing, and there was no pulse. Doctors carried out CPR on him for 50 minutes, but failed to revive him after his heart failed to function. Munde was a diabetes patient and also suffered from hypertension. He was declared dead at 7.20 am. Doctors say, clinically, he died from a cardiac arrest since no cardiac activity was detectable.
Former BJP president and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, spoke to the media, and confirmed the news of Munde’s death. Harsh Vardhan said Munde had no external, physical injuries apart from an abrasion on his nose. The cause of death will be determined after a post mortem.
Munde’s body will be taken to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka road for party leaders to pay their last respects. Gadkari said Munde’s body will be flown by a special chartered flight to Latur airport in Maharahstra on Tuesday evening, from where he will be taken to his village, Parali, in Beed district for his last rites, which will be performed on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Munde’s death is a major blow to the nation and the government. Other senior BJP leaders have also expressed their shock and grief at Munde’s sudden death.