Former Union Minister and veteran leader of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Chaman Lal Gupta today died at his residence in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar. According to the family, Chaman Lal Gupta was successfully treated at a hospital, after he contracted COVID-19.
“He had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5 and returned from Narayana hospital on Sunday after successful treatment. His condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours and he breathed his last around 5.10 am,” his elder son Anil Gupta told the media.
Born in Jammu on April 13, 1934, Chaman Lal Gupta was not keeping well for the last couple of years. He had an illustrious political career spanning over five decades. Chaman Lal Gupta became a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, for the first time, in 1972. He was again a member of Legislative Assembly between 2008 and 2014.
Chaman Lal Gupta was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha from Udhampur constituency of Jammu in 1996 and re-elected to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha in 1998 and 1999. He had held key portfolios like Civil Aviation, Food Processing Industries and Defence (MoS).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and posted his condolences. ”Shri Chaman Lal Gupta Ji will be remembered for numerous community service efforts. He was a dedicated legislator and strengthened the BJP across Jammu and Kashmir. Pained by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief. Om Shanti,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
National BJP chief, JP Nadda wrote: “Shocked to hear about the demise of BJP leader and former Union Minister prof Chaman Lal Gupta Ji. He played an important role in strengthening the party in Jammu & Kashmir. It is irrecoverable loss for us. My condolences to the family and supporters in this sad time,” he tweeted.
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha paid rich tributes to Chaman Lal Gupta. “Deeply pained to hear about the passing away of former union minister, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta Ji. A seasoned politician and a widely respected public figure, his demise is a great loss to the political sphere…he will always be remembered for his immense contribution towards welfare of the people.,” the office of the Lt Governor tweeted.
Former chief minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Sorry to hear about the demise of Professor Chaman Lal Gupta ji. Colleagues in the Vajpayee ministry, we went toe to toe in the J&K Assembly between 2009 & 2014. He was a consummate politician, who fought got what he believed but did so without being obnoxious or nasty. RIP,”