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BJP MP Suryakant Acharya passes away

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Suryakant Acharya died at his residence in Junagadh, Gujarat, in the early hours of today due to ailments related to old age.

He was 80. He is survived by his wife, Hemaben Acharya, who was the Health Minister in Gujarat from 1975-80.

Mr Acharya had held various posts at the state level in the BJP and was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in August, 2005 for a six-year term.

The Rajya Sabha adjourned today without transacting any business after Chairman M Hamid Ansari informed the members about the death of Mr Acharya as soon as the House assembled. Members stood in silence for two minutes for their departed colleague.

The Rajya Sabha was to hold its last sitting of the Winter Session today but will now meet tomorrow.

In a condolence message, Mr Ansari said Mr Acharya had always championed the cause of the poor and the downtrodden.

"He shall always be remembered for his dedication, sense of public service and honesty," the Vice-President added.

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