Veteran Congress leader Vasant Sathe dead

Last Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 23:14

Gurgaon: Congress veteran and former Union
Minister Vasant Sathe died here on Friday night of heart attack.

He was 86.

Sathe complained of chest pain late in the evening and
was rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him
dead.

He breathed his last at 7:50 pm., doctors said.

A lawyer by training, Sathe was the Union Minister for
Information and Broadcasting in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi`s
cabinet.

Known for his frank views, he had touched on many issues
like a debate on Presidential form of governance and demand
for Priyanka Gandhi`s entry into active politics.

President Pratibha Patil Congress President Sonia Gandhi
condoled Sathe`s death.

"I`m saddened by Shri Sathe`s death", said Patil.
"Vasant Sathe was a senior party leader known for his
frank views," AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

Born on March 5, 1925, at Nashik in Maharashtra, Sathe
received his early education at Bhonsla Military School and
did his masters in Economics and Political Science at Nagpur
Mahavidyalaya, followed by a degree in Law at Morris College,
Nagpur University.

He took active part in the freedom movement and removed
the British flag and unfurling the Indian tricolour at the
district court in Nagpur during the Quit India Movement.

Sathe made his debut in the Lok Sabha from Akola in 1972
and later represented Wardha constituency from 1980 to 1991.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 23:14

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