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Former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana's last rites to be held today

ML Khurana died at the age of 82 and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. 

Former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana's last rites to be held today

NEW DELHI: The last rites of former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader, who died here after a prolonged illness on Saturday, will be held on Sunday.

Khurana died at the age of 82 and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. 

Khurana's other son had died last month.

Khurana – a BJP veteran - was the chief minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996 and was appointed the governor of Rajasthan in 2004.

"He breathed his last around 11 PM on Saturday at his Kirti Nagar residence," his son Harish Khurana informed. 

Harish said his faather was suffering from a chest infection and fever from last few days and was feeling breathless since Saturday morning.

Khurana had suffered a brain haemorrhage about five years ago and was ailing since then. 

Prime minister Narendra Modi condoled former Delhi chief minister's death. 

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 Shri Madan Lal Khurana Ji will always be remembered for the manner in which he strengthened the BJP in Delhi. He made unwavering efforts towards serving the post-partition refugees in Delhi. My thoughts and solidarity with his family and supporters.

BJP chief Amit Shah also condoled the BJP leader's death. 

"Learnt of the unfortunate demise of former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana. He will be remembered as an ideal swayamsewak and a dedicated Vidhyarti Parishad worker and a strong pillar of the Jan Sangh and the BJP," Shah tweeted.

He had a key role in strengthening the organisation in Delhi and was popular as the 'lion of Delhi', he said. "On behalf of crores of BJP workers, I convey my condolences to the family of Khurana ji and pray for peace of the departed soul," Shah said.

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani tweeted, "Saddened by the demise of Madan Lal Khurana ji. As an elder he was a guide with an ever supportive outlook and kind words to spare. My condolences to his loved ones."

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed grief over Khurana's death, saying his contribution to the development of Delhi would be remembered. Union minister Harsh Vardhan also offered his condolences.