Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:50:26 GMT

Former UP deputy CM Ram Chander Vikal dies

Ghaziabad, Jun 27 (PTI) Ram Chander Vikal, former Uttar Pradesh deputy Chief Minister and a gujjar leader, has died of a cardiac arrest, party sources said today.

93-year-old Vikal, former Congress Rajya Sabha member, died at a hospital here yesterday.

He was elected as a member in first UP Assembly. Later he became the deputy Chief Minister for two years in 1967 in Chaudhry Charan Singh''s government.

Vikal, who was considered close to the Gandhi family, quit politics soon after assassination of former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi and was leading a simple life as a yoga teacher here, party sources said.

Last rites the freedom fighter were today performed at his native place in Basantpur Bagda village near Dadri in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

BJP leader and MP Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Sachin Pilot, Congress leader Mohisina and UP cabinet minister Ved Ram Bhati were among those who paid last tributes.

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