Rajya Sabha member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former minister Hardwar Dubey passed away after prolonged illness in a hospital in New Delhi on Monday, family sources said.
He was 74.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the demise of Hardwar Dubey, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh.
He tweeted, “The demise of Rajya Sabha MP and former minister in UP Government Hardwar Dubey is very sad. I convey my condolences to the bereaved family. May Lord Ram give the departed soul a place in his holy feet and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this immense sorrow. Om Shanti !”
The former MP’s son Prashu Dubey said that Hardwar Dubey breathed his last at 4:30 am and his last rites will be performed at Tajganj crematorium in Agra at 5 pm.
Dubey entered the electoral politics in 1989 when he contested election from Agra Cantt assembly seat and emerged victorious by defeating heavyweight Congress leader and Agriculture Minister Dr Krishna Veer Singh. He was elected again in 1991 and served as the Minister of State for Finance in Kalyan Singh government.
In 2005 he contested assembly election from Kheragarh seat, but lost. He also lost election for Agra-Firozabad seat of Legislative Council.
In 2013 he was appointed as the vice-president and spokesman of UP unit of BJP. He took oath as the Rajya Sabha MP on November 26, 2020.
Dubey was born on July 1, 1949 in Hussainabad village in Ballia district. He served as the organisation secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Agra. He was married to Professor Kamla Pandey.