Gujarat BJP Rajya Sabha MP Abhay Bharadwaj dies after 3-month-long battle with Covid

Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Abhay Bharadwaj died due to post Covid-19 complications in Chennai on Tuesday.

Abhay Bharadwaj died in severe pneumonia care due to multi-organ failure and his lungs were completely destroyed due to the infection, as per hospital authorities.

MGM Healthcare said that Bharadwaj, admitted to the hospital “for post-Covid severe pneumonia since October 9, was on total life support and his lungs were completely destroyed due to Covid.”

In a further setback, despite maximal life support, he “developed multi-organ failure and with profound grief, we regret to inform that he passed away at 4.35 PM,” the hospital’s Assistant Director of Medical Services Dr Anuradha Baskaran said in a statement.

66-year-old Abhay Bharadwaj was a prominent lawyer and was elected to Rajya Sabha in June this year. He had tested coronavirus positive in August, after attending party meetings and a roadshow in Rajkot.

He and his entire family had tested Covid-19 positive on August 31 and Bharadwaj had been receiving treatment for the viral infection since then.

The Rajya Sabha MP was initially admitted to the Civil Hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot but when his condition worsened he was airlifted for treatment in Chennai.

He was admitted to the MGM Hospital in Chennai under renowned doctor R Balakrishnan.

President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the passing away of Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Abhay Bharadwaj and said he had an unwavering commitment to social upliftment and development.

“Grieved by the demise of Shri Abhay Bharadwaj, Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. He was an eminent lawyer and had an unwavering commitment to social upliftment and development. Condolences to his family, friends and well-wishers,” President Kovind tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the demise of Abhay Bharadwaj saying that he was a distinguished lawyer with an insightful mind.

“Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Shri Abhay Bharadwaj Ji was a distinguished lawyer and remained at the forefront of serving society. It is sad we have lost a bright and insightful mind, passionate about national development. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Gujarat’s former state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia also expressed anguish over the death of Abhay Bharadwaj.

“Condolences to grieving family of recently elected RS MP from Gujarat Shri Abhay Bharadwaj ji @BharadwajAbhay It is indeed unfortunate for people of Gujarat to have lost another voice and representation in the Rajya Sabha. May the departed soul find peace in Almighty’s Heaven,” he tweeted.

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