Bhopal: Govardhan Dangi, Congress MLA from Biaora in Rajgarh district, died due to COVID-19 related complications on Tuesday morning in Medanta Hospital of Delhi. Dangi, 62, had been shifted to Delhi on September 8 after his condition deteriorated in a private hospital in Bhopal, sources said.
This is the first death of a senior elected representative in Madhya Pradesh though Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, 10 ministers of his cabinet and as many as 29 MLAs have till now tested positive in the state where cases are rapidly surging.
Former chief minister and state Congress Committee chief Kamal Nath has blamed the death of Dangi on negligence and wrong treatment at a local hospital. In a statement to local media, Nath said Dangi had to be shifted to the Delhi hospital due to negligence in treatment at the local hospital. “When he was shifted to the Delhi Hospital, they (doctors of Medanta Hospital) were expressing surprise over the extent of negligence and wrong treatment given to him (Dangi),” the former CM claimed.
Kamal Nath also paid tribute to Dangi calling him a simple and sober politician and social worker, a rare personality in the current times. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also took to Twitter to pay tributes to the deceased MLA.
Dangi reportedly got infected after travelling to Mumbai for his elder brother’s medical treatment in August. His son, nephew and gunman also tested positive. They have recovered. However, Dangi developed complications and was admitted to a private hospital in Bhopal. However, his condition worsened and he was shifted to Medanta Hospital on September 8 using an air ambulance. The MLA succumbed this morning.
The MLA’s death comes just before the proposed session of Madhya Pradesh assembly from September 21. Despite a number of MLAs and ministers testing positive, the state government has decided to hold a short session. Similar session was proposed in July, too, but deferred due to surging COVID-19 cases.
However, now with cases over 90,000 and deaths close to 1,800, the situation is far worse in Madhya Pradesh. Almost 2,200-2,400 cases are being reported per day along with an average of 25 deaths.
Due to his death, now INC’s tally in the MP in the assembly has come down to 88.