According to the head of the local BJP chapter in Pune, Jagdish Mulik, Girish Bapat, 74, passed away on Wednesday afternoon. Bapat served as a member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha.
“Bapat is not with us any longer. He had passed away at some point in the past. Since around one and a half years ago, he has been suffering an illness,” said Mulik.
In the Vaikunth crematorium, the last rituals for Bapat will be performed at seven in the evening.
After Bapat’s demise, there was an outpouring of condolences and tributes.
Rajnath Singh, who is the minister of defense, has sent his sympathies.
“I am saddened to hear of the loss of Shri Girish Bapat, who served as a Lok Sabha MP for Pune. It was generally known that he was a leader at the grassroots level who worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people. In addition to that, he was a leader in a number of other volunteer projects within the community.
My deepest condolences go out to his grieving family. Om Shanti,” tweeted Singh on his Twitter account.
After expressing concern about his ability to breathe, Bapat was admitted to the Deenanath hospital in Pune early on Wednesday morning.
After being admitted to the hospital early that morning, Bapat was reportedly placed on a life support system by the medical staff there at Deenanath.
Earlier in the day, a medical bulletin sent by Deenanath Hospital stated, “He was critical and put on life support system.”
Bapat experienced kidney-related issues.
During the last six months, Bapat had been experiencing a variety of symptoms that were associated with his kidneys.
Even though he was sick, he took part in the campaign for the by-elections that were just recently held in the Kasba Peth assembly constituency, which the BJP ended up losing.
He served as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) for a total of five times in the past and was a veteran activist for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Bapat, who was originally from the Amravati district, started his professional life in 1973 with Tata Motors, which was formerly known as Telco. At the same time, he was involved in activities for the RSS, which resulted in him being imprisoned during the Emergency.