Congress Leader L P Shahi, Shantaram Naik Pass Away At 98

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New Delhi: Congress leader and former Union minister L P Shahi passed away at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday morning.

Shahi, 98, was a veteran Congress leader from Bihar who was elected as an MLA in 1980, defeating Jai Narain Prasad Nishad of the Janata Party. He became MP from Muzaffarpur in 1984 and later served as the Education and Culture minister.

Former Congress MP Shantaram Naik passed away this morning in Margao, Goa, after suffering a massive heart attack while being shifted to Trimurti hospital. The 73-year-old was a one-time North Goa Lok Sabha MP and a two-time Rajya Sabha MP. He also headed the Goa Congress until recently.

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Congress leader L P Shahi passes away at AIIMS, Rahul Gandhi expresses condolences Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”

Expressing grief over Shahi’s death, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “The loss of Shri L P Shahi, freedom fighter, former Union Minister and CWC Member will be felt by all of us in the Congress Party. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”

The party, from its verified account on Twitter, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Shri L P Shahi, who passed away yesterday. Shri Shahi was a freedom fighter, former Union Minister & CWC Member.”

Gandhi also expressed condolences to former Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who also passed away this morning in Margao, Goa, after suffering a massive heart attack. “I’m sorry to hear about the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress leader, who played an important role in the battle for Goa’s statehood. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

In 1980, Shahi was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly after defeating Jai Narain Prasad Nishad of the Janata Party. In 1984, he became Member of Parliament from Muzaffarpur, and also served as the education and culture minister.

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