The BJP veteran who was at the helm of power in Delhi between 1993-96 was popularly known as ‘Delhi ka Sher’ (Lion of Delhi) for his efforts in strengthening BJP in the national capital. He was the first CM to serve Delhi after the state legislative assembly was reinstated through the 69th Constitution Amendment Act, 1991.
The four-time parliamentarian also served as the Governor of Rajasthan in 2006. He also served as the Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
A vocal supporter of full statehood for Delhi, Khurana was a strident critic of the relationship between the Centre and state, in terms of the power that the Delhi government had.
Khurana is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage about five years ago and was ailing since then. He was also suffering from a chest infection and fever from last few days and was feeling breathless since Saturday morning, according to the family.
“Anguished by the passing away of Shri Madan Lal Khurana Ji. He worked tirelessly for the progress of Delhi, particularly towards ensuring better infrastructure. He distinguished himself as a hardworking and people-friendly administrator, both in the Delhi government and Centre,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday.
Shri Madan Lal Khurana Ji will always be remembered for the manner in which he strengthened the BJP in Delhi. He made unwavering efforts towards serving the post-partition refugees in Delhi. My thoughts and solidarity with his family and supporters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2018
BJP chief Amit Shah also condoled the Khurana’s death. “Learnt of the unfortunate demise of former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana. He will be remembered as an ideal swayamsewak and a dedicated Vidhyarti Parishad worker and a strong pillar of the Jan Sangh and the BJP,” Shah tweeted. He had a key role in strengthening the organisation in Delhi and was popular as the ‘lion of Delhi’, he said. “On behalf of crores of BJP workers, I convey my condolences to the family of Khurana ji and pray for peace of the departed soul,” Shah said.
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