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Congress leader dies of cardiac arrest during Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi expresses grief

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Congress said in a statement that Pandey collapsed during the march and was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Rahul Gandhi has condoled his death.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Congress Seva Dal leader Krishnakant Pandey died on Tuesday while participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Congress’s Bharat Jodi Yatra is currently passing through Maharashtra. The Yatra has entered Maharashtra only last night. Pandey was the general secretary of the Congress’s Seva Dal.

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The Congress said in a statement that Pandey collapsed during the march and was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told that Pandey, along with himself and party veteran Digvijay Singh, had walked back with the tricolor in hand and only after that he fell. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, “where sadly he was declared brought dead,” Ramesh said in a tweet.

The Rajya Sabha member said, “He was a staunch Congressman and used to fight with the RSS in Nagpur. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra, has expressed deep condolences to the fans of Pandey. He tweeted, “The passing away of Congress Seva Dal General Secretary Krishnakant Pandey ji is very sad for the entire Congress family. I express my deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Rahul Gandhi resumed the yatra on Tuesday after visiting a gurdwara in Maharashtra’s Nanded district. This is the 62nd day of the foot march. Congress MP from Wayanad visited Gurdwara Yadgari Baba Zorawar Singh Ji Fateh Singh Ji on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. As Gandhi resumed his march, he was joined by former chief ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, state party chiefs Nana Patole and Balasaheb Thorat, Manikrao Thackeray and Naseem Khan among others.

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