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Mortal remains of Chandan Ram Dass consigned to flames in Bageshwar

CM Dhami, Koshyari and cabinet colleagues bid farewell to Chandan Ram Dass
By Arun Pratap Singh
Bageshwar, 27 Apr:  The mortal remains of Cabinet Minister Chandan Ram Dass, who passed away yesterday afternoon here were consigned to flames after due rituals here this morning at around 10.45 am. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, cabinet ministers Subodh Uniyal, Prem Chand Aggarwal, Saurabh Bahuguna and Rekha Arya were among those present on the occasion. A large number of local people were also present on the occasion to bid farewell to their popular leader. The funeral procession left his residence with a huge crowd following behind and reached Bagnath Saryu Ghat passing through the market with slogans like ‘Jil Suraj Chand Rahega – Chandan Tera Naam Rahega’ and ‘Chandan Amar Rahe’. The final farewell was bid to the late leader with full state honours with the music of mourning played by the Police Band. The funeral pyre was lit by Chandan Ramdas’s two sons.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Cabinet Ministers Subodh Uniyal, Rekha Arya, Prem Chand Aggarwal, Saurabh Bahuguna, State BJP President Mahendra Bhatt, former Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari, MLAs Suresh Gadia, Bishan Singh Chufal, Diwan Singh Bisht, Bhopal Ram Tamta , Pramod Nainwal, Banshidhar Bhagat, District Panchayat President Basanti Dev, District Magistrate Anuradha Pal, Superintendent of Police Himanshu Verma paid tribute by offering flowers.
Expressing condolences, CM Dhami said that the sudden demise of late Chandan Ram Dass is an irreparable loss in the field of politics and he prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and for strength and patience to the bereaved family to bear the loss. Dhami said  that Late Ram Dass was a very easy-going and soft-spoken person and that his loss was unexpected and an irreparable  loss to the society, to the state as well as to the party. Chandan Ram Dass was a hardworking person who was committed to the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden and never hesitated to raise his voice in their interest inside and outside the Assembly. The CM promised that the dreams and resolutions of late Ramdas will be taken forward by the government. The CM also condoled the bereaved family by visiting the residence of Chandan Ram Dass.
MLAs Sarita Arya, Ram Singh Kaida, Mayor Jogendra Rautela, former Cabinet Minister and a close friend of late Ramdas Balwant Singh Bhauriyal, District BJP President Indra Singh Farswan, former MLA Sher Singh Gadia, Mahesh Negi, Lalit Farswan, former MP Pradeep Tamta, Municipality President Suresh Khetwal, Almora Prakash Chandra Joshi, Nagar Panchayat President Govind Singh Bisht, BJP’s State General Secretary Rajendra Singh Bisht, BJP’s State General Secretary (Organisation) Minister Ajaey Kumar, Block Chief Govind Danu, Pushpa Devi, Hema Bisht, Former District Panchayat President Harish Aithani, Devki Nandan Joshi, Khandak Tagadia, Kundan Raikhola, Additional District Magistrate Chandra Singh Imlal, Divisional Forest Officer Himanshu Bagri, Chief Medical Officer Dr DP Joshi, Deputy Collector Hargiri, Monika and many public representatives, officers were also present.
A three-day state mourning has been declared in the state on the death of Chandan Ram Dass. It may be recalled that due to his very affectionate and sweet temperament, Chandan Ram Dass was very well liked among this cabinet colleagues. Though a fourth time MLA, he had become a minister only for the first time last year after the assembly elections, but the destiny did not allow him to complete his term as a minister. Chief Minister Dhami is known to have a special liking for Ramdas due to his nature and helping attitude who never hesitated to offer guidance to younger politicians.
With his demise, Dhami cabinet has now four vacancies and it remains to be seen if all of them or just one or two cabinet berths are filled up and when. Also it will also be interesting to see who will be fielded by the BJP from Bageshwar assembly constituency which has fallen vacant due to Ram Dass’s demise. Of course, the seat should be filled up through a bypoll within six months of falling vacant. Speculation is rife that Chandan Ram Dass’s wife Parvati Das may be fielded from Bageshwar.