BJP leader, and former Maharashtra tribal development minister Vishnu Savara passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 70. Hailing from neighbouring Palghar district, Savara had won assembly elections six times and was inducted as tribal development minister in 2014 in the BJP-led government.
Born on June 1, 1950, Savara worked as an RSS activist after getting a B.Com. degree. He first represented Wada assembly segment, and the Vikramgad seat in 2014 after delimitation.
He had been admitted to Kokilaben Hospital in the city for lever cirrhosis treatment a few days ago. Savara is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. His last rites are to be performed on Wednesday in Wada tehsil.
Following the news of his demise, countless people have taken to social media platforms to remember the politician and condole his passing.
"The news of the demise of former Minister Shri Vishnu Savara is saddening. He was a soft spoken, humble and accessible leader. A committed organization man, Shri Savara was an experienced member of the State legislature. He had done commendable job as Minister of Tribal Welfare," tweeted Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
"With his demise, a dedicated BJP worker has been lost. I pay my heartfelt homage to Vishnu Savara ji," wrote Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled Savara's death, nothing that he had fulfilled several responsibilities in the party and also played an important role in implementing various schemes for tribals as a minister.
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(With inputs from agencies)