New Delhi: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla, who was being treated at Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon after sustaining severe wounds in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. He was 84.

Shukla had received three bullet injuries and lost a lot of blood in the attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region on May 25. He was flown in an air ambulance to Delhi and taken to Medanta Medicity for treatment.

According to the doctors, Shukla was unable to breathe easily and was kept on ventilator. He had also undergone two surgeries after which he showed signs of improvement and remained stable for more than a week.

Shukla's father, Ravishankar Shukla, was the first Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. VC Shukla was inducted into the Union Cabinet in 1966. Subsequently, he served in the Union Cabinet led by several Prime Ministers like Indira Gandhi, Chandrashekhar and PV Narasimha Rao.

(JPN/Agencies)

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