Congress leader and leader of Opposition in MP Satyadeo Katare is no more

satyadeo-katareLeader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, and Congress MLA Satyadev Katare, 61, passed away at a private medical facility after a prolonged illness in Mumbai today.

Born on February 15, 1955, Katare (61), a senior Congress leader, is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

He was suffering from lung cancer and undergoing treatment at the Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai since April 18, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said.

A four term MLA from Ater constituency in Bhind district, Katare had won the assembly elections in 1985, 1993, 2003 and 2013. Katare had remained absent from the House due to his illness. Congress had nominated senior party MLA and former minister Bala Bachchan as the acting Leader of Opposition.

Katare started his political career from a remote village called Manepura in Bhind district and was awarded the title of ‘Best Youth Coordinator’ for his dedication and work in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

In the faction ridden MP Congress unit, in his initial years, he was considered to be close to former CM Motilal Vora, then late Madhav Rao Scindia followed by former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri and now Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Katare was first appointed as Deputy Minister in 1989 during his first term as MLA. Later he was appointed Minister of State in the Digvijaya Singh government in 1993. He lost the 1998 assembly elections, won again in 2003 and lost again in 2008. He also contested the Lok Sabha elections from Bhind unsuccessfully on two occasions.

Katare was regarded as an engaging and aggressive speaker in the Vidhan Sabha- something that helped him get chosen for the post of Leader of Opposition. He also raised the Vyapam issue in a big way in the assembly in the 2014.

However, for the last 2 years, owing to his ill health he had not been attending Vidhan Sabha sessions. Congress MLA Bala Bachchan has been functioning as the Acting Leader of Opposition since 2014.

Katare’s son Hemant is likely to be fielded as the Congress candidate from the Ater Assembly segment whenever by-elections are held.

Satyadev Katare’s funeral will be held at Manepura, his ancestral village in Bhind district on Friday.

His death has been condoled by Congress and BJP leaders across the state.

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