Senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad dies during treatment for COVID-19

The 81-year-old was a minister in the state cabinet between 1999 and 2004 and also served as the president of Mumbai Congress

Press Trust of India April 28, 2021 14:05:55 IST
Senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad dies during treatment for COVID-19

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra minister and senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad died of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, party sources said. He was 81.

The former MP, who was the father of Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, succumbed to the viral infection at a city hospital around 10 am, the sources added.

Eknath Gaikwad had also served as the president of the Mumbai Congress.

Describing Gaikwad as a "father-like figure and mentor", Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the death was "quite saddening".

"Congress party and I have suffered immense loss. Short of words. Tributes!" Sawant tweeted.

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