A senior leader of BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, Chaman Lal Gupta, a former Union Minister of State and a three-time Lok Sabha member, died on Monday. He was 87-years-old.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, expressed condolence at Gupta’s demise and said he was “deeply pained” and described him as a “seasoned politician”.
“Deeply pained to hear about the passing away of Former Union Minister, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta ji. A seasoned politician and a widely respected public figure, his demise is a great loss to the political sphere,” Sinha said.
“He will always be remembered for his immense contribution towards welfare of the people. My condolences to his family and friends,” he said.
Gupta had a long political life as he was first elected to Jammu and Kashmir’s legislative assembly in 1972. From 1973 to 1980, he was the General-Secretary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s Jammu and Kashmir unit.
From 1980 till 1989, he was the General-Secretary of Bharatiya Janta Party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit and was the party’s Jammu and Kashmir president from 1990 till 1995.
He was twice elected member of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly from 1972-77 and 1987-90.
Gupta was also a member of 11th, 12th and 13th Lok Sabha in 1996, 1998 and 1999 respectively. He served as the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Defence.