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Sonali Phogat, Haryana BJP leader and actress, dies of heart attack at 42

Phogat had contested the last state Assembly polls from the Adampur seat against Kuldeep Bishnoi

Sonali Phogat died of a heart attack on Tuesday (File Photo: Instagram)

Haryana BJP leader and actress Sonali Phogat died of a heart attack in Goa at the age of 42.

Condoling her death, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted, “Received very sad news of the sudden demise of BJP leader Sonali Phogat ji. May God rest the departed soul at his feet and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear this immense loss.”

The BJP’s district president in Hisar, Capt Bhupender, stated, “She was with some of her associates in Goa. We heard about an hour ago that she suffered a cardiac-arrest and passed away in the wee hours. Certain formalities are being completed there at Goa, after which her body shall be brought to Haryana”.

Party state president Om Prakash Dhankar, too, expressed grief over her death. “I learnt about the sad demise of Sonali Phogat. It is really sad news,” he said.

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Phogat had contested the 2019 Haryana Assembly polls from the Adampur seat against Kuldeep Bishnoi, who recently switched over from the Congress party to the BJP. However, she lost to Bishnoi.

She joined BJP in 2008 and went on to become the national vice president of BJP’s Maliha Morcha and also headed the party’s tribe wing in several states like Haryana, Delhi, and Chandigarh

A popular Tik Tok star, Phogat, also appeared in the 14th season of the popular reality show, Bigg Boss. Her other stints include anchoring for Hisar Doordarshan and an appearance in “The Story of Badmashgarh” directed by Ameet Choudhary. She has also acted in a TV show, “Amma” and a few Haryanvi movies.

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The actress was born on September 21, 1979, in Bhuthan, a small village in Hisar. Her father is a farmer. She has three sisters and a brother. She studied at an institute located in Noida, Sector 1.

First published on: 23-08-2022 at 10:30:12 am
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