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KOLHAPUR: Bharat Bhalke, MLA Nationalist Congress Party from the Pandharpur-Mangalvedha constituency in Solapur district, passed away on Friday night during treatment for post-Covid complications. He was 60 years old.
Bhalke, a three-term MLA from different political parties each time, was admitted to a Pune hospital. On Friday night, the head of the PCN, Sharad Pawar, went to meet him at the hospital.
A trained fighter, Bhalke was one of the few MLAs who had resigned over Maratha’s reserve lawsuit in 2018. At the time, he was a Congressional MLA.
He first became an MLA in 2009 with a First Left Front ticket, then a Congressional ticket in 2014, and finally an NCP ticket in 2019.
His last rites were performed in the Sarkoli village in Pandharpur tehsil on Saturday. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar was among several politicians who attended the rituals. Bhalke is survived by his wife, four daughters and a son. NCP Head of State Jayant Patil tweeted that he has lost a colleague and Pandharpur has lost a sincere and caring leader.

Times of India