Gajendra Singh Shaktawat, Congress MLA from Vallabhnagar in Udaipur district and a staunch loyalist of former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, handed away on Wednesday after extended sickness. Shaktawat was one of many 18 Congress MLAs who sided with Pilot throughout the political disaster in Rajasthan final yr.
Sources within the Congress stated Shaktawat, who was in his late 40s, was present process therapy in Delhi the place he handed away.
“Shaktawat was undergoing treatment in Delhi for the last one and half months. He was suffering from jaundice, which had worsened, and had tested positive of Covid-19 as well. He was declared dead this morning,” stated Pankaj Sharma, former spokesperson of Congress from Udaipur district.
Pilot expressed his condolences over the passing away of Shaktawat. “I am deeply saddened by the devastating news of the passing away of my colleague and MLA Shri Gajendra Singh Shaktawat ji. He was a humble and a kind soul, always dedicated towards the development of his constituency. My heartfelt condolences to his family,” Pilot tweeted.
I’m deeply saddened by the devastating information of the passing away of my colleague & MLA Shri Gajendra Singh Shaktawat ji. He was a humble and a sort soul, all the time devoted in the direction of the event of his constituency. My heartfelt condolences to his household.
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) January 20, 2021
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stated Shaktawat had been in poor health for a very long time, and that he was in contact with the household and medical doctors for the final 15 days.
ईश्वर से प्रार्थना है शोकाकुल परिजनों को इस बेहद कठिन समय में सम्बल दें एवं दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें। #Rajasthan
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) January 20, 2021
During the political disaster final yr, Shaktawat, whose father was additionally a senior chief of the Congress, had instructed The Indian Express that if the Congress social gathering points a whip, he and the opposite MLAs would attend the Assembly session, which he subsequently did together with the opposite MLAs and Pilot after a truce was brokered by the central management between the 2 warring camps.
Shaktawat had camped in Haryana together with the opposite Pilot loyalists and, via movies on social media, had constantly expressed his help for Pilot.
“All we wanted was a change in leadership. A person who worked hard for six years to form the government in Rajasthan, you abuse him by calling him nikamma… This is a battle of self-respect. You are abusing your own family members. We have never spoken with anybody from the BJP. We don’t want to leave the Congress,” Shaktawat had instructed The Indian Express.
Shaktawat’s father, late Gulab Singh Shaktawat, was a key Congress chief who was elected a number of occasions from the Vallabnagar Assembly seat.