Cong leader, lyricist Vithalbhai Patel passes away

Senior Congress leader Vithalbhai Patel, also known for penning several Hindi film songs died here on Saturday after a prolonged illness, family sources said.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2013, 16:45 PM IST

Sagar (MP): Senior Congress leader Vithalbhai Patel, also known for penning several Hindi film songs, including the famous `Jhooth bole kua kate` from the 1973-hit movie `Bobby`, died here on Saturday after a prolonged illness, family sources said.

He was 75.

Patel had been suffering from health problems for a long time. He breathed his last at a hospital here around 10.30 am today, the sources said.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. The last rites will be performed here this evening, they added.

Patel was twice elected to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly from Sagar constituency. He was a minister in the cabinets of Arjun Singh, Motilal Vora and Shyama Charan Shukla.

Patel has written 55 Hindi film songs and has five collections of poems to his credit.

PTI