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Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur passes away

Shiv Charan Mathur
Shiv Charan Mathur
Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur died at a private hospital here tonight after a brief illness, official sources said.

He was 83. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

The sources said Mr Mathur, a two-time Chief Minister of Rajasthan, had been taken to the Fortis Hospital here this evening after complaining of respiratory problems. He passed away around 20.30 hours, they said.

Earlier, Mr Mathur had undergone treatment for some time at another Delhi hospital and had been discharged from there only this morning. He was taken to hospital again in the evening when he complained of uneasiness, they said.

Mr Mathur had taken over as governor of Assam on July 4 last year. He had served as Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1981 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1989.

Rajasthan government sources said Mr Mathur would be accorded a state funeral in Jaipur tomorrow. His body will be first taken to his residence in the city to enable people to pay their last respects before being taken to the crematarium.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Union Rural Development Minister C P Joshi were among those who visited Mr Mathur's residence in Jaipur soon after the news of his death came and offered condolences to his son and other members of his family present there.

Mr Mathur was born on February 14, 1926 at Madhi-Qanungo in Madhya Pradesh. He graduated with a diploma in Labour Welfare. He had participated in the Quit India movement of 1942.

After working in the Rajasthan Students Congress for some time, he was elected Chairman of the Municipal Board in Bhilwara in 1956-57 and later became president of Bhilwara District Panchayat. He was a member of the All India Congress Committee from 1972.

He was elected to the third Lok Sabha in 1964-67. He was elected to the Rajasthan state legislative assembly several times from 1967 onwards and served as Minister for Education, Power, Public Works and Public Relations in 1967-72. He was Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in 1973-77 before becoming Chief Minister, first in 1981-85 and then in 1988-89.

He was a member of the 10th Lok Sabha from 1991-96 and served on various Parliamentary committees. He was widely travelled.

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