BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Abhay Bhardwaj died on Tuesday at a Chennai hospital. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the MP was under treatment for COVID-19.
Bharadwaj (66), a prominent lawyer from Rajkot was also a very close friend of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
He was elected to Rajya Sabha in June this year and had tested positive for COVID-19 in August, after attending party meetings and a roadshow in Rajkot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the MP’s demise.
‘Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Shri Abhay Bharadwaj Ji was a distinguished lawyer and remained at the forefront of serving society. It is sad we have lost a bright and insightful mind, passionate about national development. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti,’ Modi tweeted.
Gujarat’s former state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia also expressed his condolences. ‘Condolences to grieving family of recently elected RS MP from Gujarat Shri Abhay Bharadwaj ji @BharadwajAbhay It is indeed unfortunate for people of Gujarat to have lost another voice and representation in the Rajya Sabha. May the departed soul find peace in Almighty’s Heaven,’ he tweeted.
Abhay Bhardwaj’s COVID-19 treatment
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Abhay Bhardwaj was flown to Chennai in October in an air ambulance for further treatment. He was under the treatment of Dr. KR Balkrishnan, a cardiothoracic surgeon and expert in Mechanical Circulatory Support at MGM Hospital.
Earlier in mid-September, the condition of Abhay Bhardwaj had deteriorated further. He was initially under treatment at the Civil Hospital in Rajkot. He was later put on a ventilator after his oxygen level dropped further.
While under treatment in Rajkot, the Gujarat government had flown a special team of doctors to Rajkot to oversee Abhay Bhardwaj’s condition. He was put under ECMO treatment while in Rajkot. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy refers to where outside support is provided to a person’s heart and lungs to function after they are unable to do so on their own.
The special team consisted of three experts from Ahmedabad and one from Surat. A team consisting of Dr. Anand Shukla, Dr. Amit Patel, and Dr. Tushar Patel was sent to Rajkot immediately on a chartered flight by chief minister Vijay Rupani to help with Bhardwaj’s treatment.
The doctors were accompanied by education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.
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