Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Subhash Yadav died this morning at a hospital in New Delhi following prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 67.
Yadav, who had been suffering from various ailments for some time, is survived by wife, two sons and five daughters. His son Arun Yadav is a Lok Sabha member from Khandwa and is also a former Union Minister of State.
The veteran, who was also Madhya Pradesh Congress President for some time was elected to the Lok Sabha from Khargone constituency in 1980 and 1985. Yadav's final rites will be conducted tomorrow at his native village Borawan on the banks of Narmada.
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh with whom Yadav worked as Deputy CM said his death was a great loss to the party.
Others who condoled the passing away of Yadav included Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kantilal Bhuria, Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, Ajay Singh and State Congress Vice-President, Manak Agrawal.
Yadav was elected to Madhya Pradesh Assembly from the Kasrawad constituency in the Khargone district in 1993 and went on to become Deputy Chief Minister in Digvijay Singh's cabinet. Yadav was also chairman of the Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Bank for almost 25 years.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too expressed profound grief over the death of Yadav.
Condoling his demise, Chouhan said that he had struggled his entire life for the welfare of farmers and the poor.
"In his demise the state has lost a dedicated leader who had left indelible marks in the cooperative sector," he said.
The Chief Minister paid a visit to the departed leader's son, Arun Yadav's house in New Delhi to pay floral tributes.
Senior Congress leaders, led by General Secretary Digvijay Singh, will tomorrow attend Yadav's funeral at his native village Borawan in Khargone district.
Speaking in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman Mukesh Nayak said the other party leaders who would attend the funeral include Kantilal Bhuria, Ajay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kamal Nath condoled Yadav's death and said the party will always feel his absence.