Untimely, tragic death of some prominent Indian political leaders
In the last few decades, India has lost several prominent political leaders in accidents and assassinations. Among them Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi, former President of India Gyani Zail Singh, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy, the Congress stalwarts Madhav Rao Scindhia, Rajesh Pilot, Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi, former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Verma are some key figures, whose lives were cut short.
The mother and son, both Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were assassinated. BJP leader Pramod Mahajan was murdered by his own younger brother Praveen Mahajan.
Here is a list of some prominent Indian political leaders who met a tragic death:1975 – The then Railways minister Lalit Narayan Mishra died on January 3, 1975 a day after he was injured in a bomb explosion during a function to declare open Samastipur-Muzaffarpur broad gauge railway line.
1980 – Sanjay Gandhi, the Congress MP and son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi died in an air crash on June 23, 1980 near Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi.
1994 – On November 29, 1994 former President Zail Singh was involved in a serious vehicle accident near Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar District on his way to the Anandpur Sahib. He later died in Chandigarh on 25 December 1994.
2000 – Rajesh Pilot, former union minister and Congress leader. Road accident in Rajasthan.
2001 – Madhavarao Scindhia, former union minister and Congress leader in an air crash.
2002 – On March 3, 2002, Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi died in a helicopter crash in Kaikalur, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.
2004 – One Meghalaya cabinet minister and two MLAs killed in helicopter crash
2006 – Pramod Mahajan, BJP leader and former union minister. Shot dead by his own younger brother.
2006 – Sahib Singh Verma, BJP leader, former CM of Delhi and former union minister, died in a road accident.
2005 – Haryana Congress leaders Ranbir Singh Mahindra and OP Jindal died in a helicopter crash.
2007 – Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Lok Sabha MP Sunil Kumar Mahato killed in a Naxal attack while he was watching a football match at Bakuria in East Singhbhum district about 40 kms from Jamshedpur.
2009 – Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy dies in a helicopter crash
2011 – Arunachal Pradesh CM Dorjee Khandu killed in chopper crash
2012 – TDP leader and former Union minister K Yerran Naidu died in a road accident aged 55. Naidu was killed after the car he was travelling in crashed into an oil tanker in Andhra Pradesh.
2013 – Maoists kill top Chhattisgarh Congress leaders Mahendra Karma, Nandkumar Patel and VC Shukla in an ambush.
2014 – YSR Congress Party CP leader and AP MLA Bhuma Shobha Nagi Reddy dies in a road accident.
2014 – Union Rural Development minister Gopinath Munde killed in a road accident in New Delhi