Maharashtra Cong leader, ex-Minister Tidke passes away

Mumbai: Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra Minister Narendra Tidke passed away here today following a brief illness, his family said.

He was 91 and is survived by a son and daughter. Uday Tidke, his son, told PTI that his father was suffering from chest congestion and pneumonia and was admitted to a private nursing home last week.

"He breathed his last at around 6 am," Uday said. Tidke was President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) from 1972 to 1976.

He served under different Chief Ministers holding portfolios like industries, labour and co-operation from 1961 to 1984.

Tidke was the Deputy Minister for Rural Development in the first Maharashtra Cabinet headed by Y B Chavan in 1961. Tidke and late Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao were batchmates at the Nagpur Law College.

He represented Saoner and Ramtek, both in Vidarbha, in the Legislative Assembly.