Former Union Minister and close aide of Indira Gandhi, R.K.Dhawan passes away

Monday, August 6, 2018
New Delhi

Former Union minister and veteran Congress leader Rajinder Kumar Dhawan (81) passed away at B L Kapur hospital in the national capital around 7 pm on Monday.

He was admitted to the hospital on late Tuesday for age related ailments. He was a close aid of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He was a personal assistant to Indira Gandhi right from 1962 until she was assassinated. Dhawan got married to Achla on July 16, 2012.

Several political leaders and ministers took to Twitter to pay their tributes to the veteran leader. Former President Pranab Mukherjee expressed shock at the veteran leader’s demise. He tweeted, “Deeply shocked at passing away of Shri RK Dhawan. Though he was ailing I had never expected that the end will come so soon. A close associate and colleague in Party and Government, he will forever be fondly remembered. Congress’ communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said, “Our homage to veteran Congress leader, Sh. R.K.Dhawan, who breathed his last today. His tireless spirit, immeasurable commitment & untiring dedication to the Congress ideals will always be remembered. RIP.” AICC general secretary and former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said the Dhawan’s contribution to the party will always be remembered. “Saddened by the passing away of senior Congress leader and former RajyaSabha MP Sh. RK Dhawan ji… His contribution for Congress party will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family members in this hour of grief. May God give them strength to bear this loss. RIP,” he posted on the micro-blogging site.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said Dhawan would be remembered as an “astute politician and loyal soldier”. “Shocked and saddened at the demise of Shri RK Dhawan Ji. Had worked closely with him in @INCIndia and would always remember him as an astute politician and loyal soldier of the party. May he rest in peace and may God give his family the courage to bear the loss,” he posted on the micro-blogging site.

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