Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Ratan Lal Kataria, a three-time BJP MP from Haryana’s Ambala and in addition a former union minister, handed away within the PGI Hospital right here on Thursday. He was 72 years outdated.

Kataria was related to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for over a half century. He is survived by his spouse, two sons and a daughter.

He was present process therapy for pneumonia.

Kataria resigned as Union Minister of State in July 2021 after two years of his stint.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kataria had defeated incumbent Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Kumari Selja from the Ambala (Reserved) seat by securing 57 per cent votes with an enormous margin of about 3.42 lakh votes.

Before this, he was elected as an MP from the Ambala Lok Sabha seat in 1999 and 2014. He confronted defeat twice from Kumari Selja within the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Speaker Gian Chand Gupta mourned the demise of Kataria, who will likely be cremated with state honours in Panchkula later within the day.

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