BJP MP from Alwar, Mahant Chandnath passed away at a hospital in Delhi on Sunday morning. He was 61 years old at the time of his death. BJP state spokesperson Anand Sharma said Chandnath was suffering from cancer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over the death. “Saddened by the demise of LS MP from Alwar, Mahant ChandNath ji. He will be remembered for his rich social work. My deepest condolences,” the prime minister said in a tweet.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed condolences, saying it is an irreparable loss to to her and the entire BJP family. Chandnath will be remembered for his contribution for thedevelopmental works, she said. “I wish peace for the departed soul,” Raje said in a tweet.
Earlier this year, he was sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty in a land fraud case.
He won the Alwar seat from Rajasthan in the 2014 parliamentary elections, after defeating the incumbent Congress candidate and former union minister Jitendra Singh.
In the run-up to election, a video of Baba Ramdev asking Chandnath not to discuss black money before the media went viral on the internet.
The video footage showed Chandnath complaining to Baba Ramdev about the difficulty in bringing cash into the constituency and also that his money was seized by police. Chandnath in his defence had told The Indian Express, “Media has tampered with the footage. I was saying that Bhanwar Jitendra Singh (sitting Congress MP) was complaining to his people that his money was seized. If anyone has seized my money let them show it.”