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Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Gopinath Munde dead in road accident
Tuesday June 3, 2014 10:30 AM, IANS

Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died Tuesday morning in a road accident in Delhi when he was going towards an airport, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Gopinath Munde
[President Pranab Mukherjee had administered the oath as Cabinet Minister to Gopinathrao Munde, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 26, 2014.]

Munde met with an accident at Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi and admitted to AIIMS trauma centre where he died later, he said.

"On his arrival to the AIIMS trauma centre, there was no spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse and there was no cardiac activity. So immediately CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was started and continued for the next 15 minutes.

"Despite all aggressive resuscitative measures, he could not be revived and has been declared dead at 7.20 a.m. Immediately the CPR was started and was continued for the next 50 minutes," an AIIMS doctor told media.

Munde was brought to the hospital by his personal assistant and driver at 6.30 a.m. 10 minutes after he met with an accident, the doctor.

Munde was on his way to an airport in the morning when the accident took place at Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi, police said.

The news of senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's death in an accident early Tuesday shocked Maharashtra's political circles.

This came as the second major setback for the entire Bharatiya Janata Party, coming as it did barely eight years after the killing of Munde's brother-in-law and senior party leader, the 56-year-old Pramod Mahajan May 3, 2006, in Mumbai.

Barely an hour after news of his serious injuries in a road accident, top political leaders and activists were preparing to catch flights, trains to New Delhi to inquire about his health.

Shortly thereafter, around 8.45 a.m., Gadkari came live on TV and broke the shocking news of Munde's death.

Gadkari said that later Tuesday Munde's body would be taken to his native village, Parali in Beed district of Maharashtra, for the funeral Wednesday.

The former BJP president said that Munde's family members were already at Mumbai airport and would reach New Delhi later in the morning.

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