Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kailash Joshi passed away on Sunday (24 November), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah condoling the death.
The 90-year-old breathed his last at a private hospital in Bhopal.
Born in July 1929, Joshi was unwell for past few years.
In a tweet, Modi said Joshi had contributed towards Madhya Pradesh's growth.
"Kailash Joshi was a stalwart who made a strong contribution towards Madhya Pradesh's growth. He worked hard to strengthen Jan Sangh and BJP in Central India. He made a mark as an effective legislator. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," Modi said.
Kailash Joshi Ji was a stalwart who made a strong contribution towards Madhya Pradesh’s growth. He worked hard to strengthen Jan Sangh and BJP in Central India. He made a mark as an effective legislator. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2019
In a tweet in Hindi, Shah called Joshi a leader who always strived for the public interest.
"Received the sad news of the death of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Kailash Joshi. He was a leader associated with the ground and who always strived for the public interest. He played an important role in organisational expansion in MP. I express my condolences to his family," Shah said.
मध्य प्रदेश के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री और भाजपा के वरिष्ठ नेता कैलाश जोशी जी के निधन का दुःखद समाचार प्राप्त हुआ। वह एक जमीन से जुड़े नेता थे जो सदैव जनता के हितों के लिए प्रयासरत रहे। म.प्र में संगठन विस्तार में उनकी अहम भूमिका रही। मैं उनके परिजनों के प्रति संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 24, 2019
The ninth chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Joshi was in office for six months from June 1977 to January 1978.
He was MLA for eight terms and also served as member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
(With inputs from IANS)