Rajya Sabha MP and president of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajasthan state unit, Madan Lal Saini, passed away Monday while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He was 75.
His demise came as a shock for many since he had seemed to be in good health and was admitted to AIIMS about four days ago. He had addressed a press conference a little over two weeks ago.
Born in Sikar district, Saini joined the RSS at the age of 9 and practiced law in Sikar. He then left legal practice to fight for labour rights and was associated with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh between 1967 and 1990, with Akhil Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh between 1972 and 1984, and Akhil Bharatiya Krishi Mazdoor Sangh, between 1984 and 1990. Between 1990 and 1997, he was BJP’s Pradesh Mantri and then went on to serve as Pradesh Mahamantri consecutively thrice.
The passing away of Shri Madanlal Saini Ji is a major loss for the BJP family. He contributed to strengthening the Party in Rajasthan. He was widely respected for his congenial nature and community service efforts. My thoughts are with his family and supporters. Om Shanti.
A longtime party worker, the septuagenarian didn’t have much luck with elections, having lost two Lok Sabha elections and a Vidhan Sabha election. The only time he was elected to state assembly was way back in 1990, when he became an MLA from Jhunjhunu’s Gudha assembly seat.
The last time he contested elections in 2008, he stood fourth, behind Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress, and an Independent candidate. Earlier, he lost Lok Sabha polls twice from Jhunjhunu, in 1991 and 1998.
However, he was elected to Rajya Sabha in March last year and in June, was made the BJP’s state president. He was made state president at a time when Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was locked in a tussle with party’s central leadership over the choice of state president, with her loyalists camping in Delhi to push for a ‘favourable’ candidate.
His sudden rise in the party last year was attributed to his RSS roots and devotion to the party. Saini was known for his simplicity, often taking public transport.
Expressing condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted, “The passing away of Shri Madanlal Saini Ji is a major loss for the BJP family. He contributed to strengthening the Party in Rajasthan. He was widely respected for his congenial nature and community service efforts. My thoughts are with his family and supporters. Om Shanti.”
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing away of Sh. Madan Lal Saini ji, President of BJP Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with his family members. May God give them the strength to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace.”