Former minister and sitting Congress MLA from Talala constituency, Jashubhai Barad died after a brief illness while undergoing treatment in an Ahmedabad hospital on Monday. He was 60.
Barad was diagnosed with brain tumor a few months ago and was undergoing treatment at CIMS Hospital in Ahmedabad. He died this morning, sources close to the family said.
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The MLA came from a family which had association with politics. He was elected to Gujarat Assembly for the first time in 1990 and served as a cabinet minister in the government of Chimanbhai Patel. He got reelected to the state Assembly in 1995 and 1998. He was also elected to 14th Lok Sabha by winning election from Junagadh Parliamentary seat in year 2004. However, he lost Lok Sabha election in 2009 before bouncing back to win Talala Assembly seat in 2012 elections.
Congress formally declared Bagad as its candidate for the 2014 General Election from Junagadh seat. However, he was replaced by another MLA Punjabhai Vansh at last moment. Vansh eventually lost to Rajesh Chudasama of the BJP.
Hailing from Ahir community, Barad was a native of Badalpara village in Veraval taluka of Gir Somnath district. A farmer whose family has also business interests in sectors like construction material and construction, Barad managed a victory in 2012 Assembly election when his party had suffered heavy defeats in Junagadh and other parts of the state. After Somnath MLA Jashabhai Barad defected to BJP last year, Jashubhai’s death comes as a setback to Congress.
He is survived by wife Ramiben, daughters Sangeeta and Poonam and sons Shailesh and Hiren.
His death comes a day before 67th Republic Day celebrations which is scheudled to take place in Gir Somnath. Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who was in Gir Somnath in the run up to the R Day celebrations, tweeted and condoled Barad’s demise.