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RSS Ideologue Vaidya Incinerated; Bhagwat and Gadkari pay tribute | India News


NAGPUR: The last rites of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Madhav Govind Vaidya took place at a crematorium in Nagpur in Maharashtra on Sunday.
Vaidya, 97, the RSS’s first spokesperson, died in a private hospital here on Saturday after a brief illness.
His last rites were performed at the Ambazari crematorium in the city on Sunday morning.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak Rajesh Loya, Maharashtra Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh, former State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Swayamsevaks and many others attended the funeral.
A silence of two minutes was observed to pay tribute to the deceased soul.
Before the cremation, Bhagwat visited Vaidya’s residence here in the morning.
Speaking to reporters after visiting Vaidya’s home, Bhagwat said: “MG Vaidya had saved and lived the Sangh ideology. It was an RSS encyclopedia, and there is a void created by his death. We feel we have lost a tutor.” . ”
“We used to follow his advice. Now, there is a dilemma who to turn to for advice. He has given us an example of how to live life. His absence will be felt,” said the RSS head.
A gathering will be held at Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir in Reshimbagh here on December 31 to pay tribute to Vaidya.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited Vaidya’s residence on Saturday night to pay tribute to him.
On Sunday, Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant, expressed his grief over Vaidya’s death.
“My condolences on the passing of Shri MG Vaidya Ji. Shri Vaidya made a significant contribution to the Sangh over the years. Shri Vaidya, a prolific writer, will always be remembered for his invaluable contribution to nation building.” he tweeted.
“May God give strength to his family in this hour of pain,” the BJP leader said in another tweet.
Vaidya, former editor-in-chief of the pro-RSS city-based Marathi daily ‘Tarun Bharat’, became a member of the RSS in 1943 while at Morris College in Nagpur.
He was the first ‘pracharpramukh’ (spokesperson) for RSS, said a former editor for Tarun Bharat. Vaidya was also a former RSS Akhil Bhartiya Bauudhik Pramukh, he added.
In January this year, Vaidya sparked a controversy with her demand to divide Maharashtra into four parts, and was attacked from various quarters for the lawsuit.

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