SRINAGAR: BJP leader Professor Chaman Lal Gupta passed away on Tuesday at his Jammu residence after being discharged from Narayana Hospital, in Katra. He was 86.
Gupta first became Minister when BJP Government assumed charge under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Gupta was India’s Defence Minister for two years till 2004. He earlier held junior minister’s positions in the Government of India.
जम्मू कश्मीर भारतीय जनता पार्टी के दिग्गज नेता वह पूर्व में रक्षा राज्य मंत्री प्रोफेसर चमन लाल गुप्ता जी हमारे बीच नहीं रहे .आज सुबह उन्होंने अंतिम सांस ली ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को अपने श्री चरणों में स्थान प्रदान करें वह परिवार को यह दुख सहन करने की शक्ति प्रदान करें । pic.twitter.com/k9Uwzej8og
— BJP Jammu & Kashmir (@BJP4JnK) May 18, 2021
Before going to the council of ministers at the centre, Gupta was a lawmaker in Jammu and Kashmir assembly for many terms.
Deeply pained to hear about the passing away of Former Union Minister, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta ji. A seasoned politician & a widely respected public figure, his demise is a great loss to the political sphere.
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) May 18, 2021
Born in 1934 in Jammu, he did his MSc from G.M. College Jammu and Allahabad University.
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 for what he believed but did so without being obnoxious or nasty. RIP. pic.twitter.com/zUZZDek0cG
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 18, 2021
Ashok Koul of the BJP has said that Gupta had tested positive for Covid19 following which he was admitted to the Katra Hospital. After he recovered, he was discharged and he breathed his last at his Jamm home. Gupta is survived by two sons and a daughter. His doctor son is living overseas.