64-year-old Munde, who made his entry into the Union Cabinet for the first time after the Lok Sabha polls, was on his way to the airport when his car was hit by another vehicle at Prithviraj road-Tughlak road roundabout in the heart of the national capital, said Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

"Munde was brought to the emergency department of Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, at 6:30 am by his personal assistant and driver. Munde was sitting in the backseat of his car which was hit by another car or any other vehicle at around 6:20 am from the side he was sitting," Dr Amit Gupta of the Trauma Centre told reporters.

"On his arrival at the Trauma Centre, there was no spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse, no cardiac activity. So immediately Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was started and continued for the next 15 minutes. Despite resuscitative measures, Munde could not be revived and was declared dead at 7:20 am," he said.

The doctor further said, "Munde was hypertensive and a sugar patient. He was already taking medicines. Right now there are no major external injuries on his body. We cannot say anything but clinically we might say that he had a sudden cardiac death.”

The body has been shifted to the mortuary for postmortem. A board has been formulated by the head of forensics to conduct the postmortem.

Munde's secretary S Nair said the Union Minister received a huge shock after the accident and apparently suffered a massive heart attack.

A senior police official said the offending vehicle was an Indica car, which jumped the traffic signal at Aurobindo Chowk and collided with the Maruti Suzuki SX 4 in which Munde was travelling towards Safdarjung road from Prithviraj road.

The driver of the Indica car was detained and later arrested by the police.


Gopinath Munde was a true mass leader: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed grief over Gopinath Munde's demise and said the latter was a true mass leader.

"Extremely saddened & shocked by the demise of my friend & colleague Gopinath Munde ji. His demise is a major loss for the Nation & the Govt," he said on Twitter.

"Gopinath Munde ji was a true mass leader. Hailing from backward sections of society, he rose to great heights & tirelessly served people," he added.

Modi, who will visit the BJP headquarters in the afternoon to pay his last respects to the departed soul, further said, "My tributes to a dynamic leader whose premature demise leaves a void hard to fill."

"Condolences to Munde ji's family. We stand by them in this hour of grief," he added.

Munde was a grassroot leader: Rajnath

Expressing shock over the demise of his party colleague Gopinath Munde, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh on Tuesday said he was a grassroot leader and known for his concern for poor people and farmers.

“Deeply shocked to know of Shri Gopinath Munde's demise. He was a grassroots leader and known for his concern for poor people and farmers,” Rajnath wrote on Twitter.

“Mundeji's death is an irreparable loss to the BJP and he has left a big void in Mahrashtra's political and social life,” Rajnath added.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Tharoor, Gul Panag condole Munde’s demise

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday expressed grief over the untimely demise of Union Rural Development Minister and BJP leader Gopinath Munde.

“Saddened to hear the untimely death of our beloved Rural Development Minister Shri Gopinath Munde. My sincere condolences,” he tweeted.

Expressing shock over Munde’s demise, former minister of state Shashi Tharoor offered his condolences to the BJP leader’s family and his government colleagues.

“Shocking news of demise of Gopinath Munde at his political peak. Sincere condolences to Munde family, BJP & his Government colleagues,” he wrote on Twitter.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gul Panag also conveyed her condolence.

“Terrible to hear about the untimely demise of Mr Gopinath Munde. Deepest condolences. #RIP,” she tweeted.

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Deeply shocked to learn of Munde's death: Mamata

Expressing deep shock over Munde’s death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted on her Facebook page, "I am deeply shocked to learn about the news of sudden and tragic demise of Shri Gopinath Munde.”

"I personally knew him for a long time. It is a very sad news. May his soul rest in peace," she said.

Kejriwal offers condolences to Munde's family

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday offered his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of Union Minister Gopinath Munde who was killed in an accident here earlier in the day.

"Very sad to hear the demise of Gopinath Munde. Heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace," the Aam Aadmi Party chief said in a tweet.

Digvijay Singh condoles demise of Gopinath Munde

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday condoled the demise of Union Rural Development Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde.

“Shocked to hear the sad demise of Gopinath Munde a personal friend and a great leader. My heartfelt condolences to the Family,” he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Maneka Gandhi, Radha Mohan, Sonowal express condolence

Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi condoled the untimely demise of Munde and said the country has lost a veteran leader who always worked for the development of the nation.
Expressing her shock, grief and sorrow over the untimely demise of Munde, Gandhi said that the country has lost an able and dedicated leader.

In his condolence message, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, “With Munde’s death the Nation has lost a promising leader with vision for taking the country to great heights.

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has expressed extreme shock and said that the nation has lost a great patriot and a true leader of the masses.
Sonowal, who is also Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, also conveyed his deep sorrow to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the almighty to give them strength at this hour of crisis and tragedy.


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