Jammu: Veteran Congress leader and former MP Madan Lal Sharma passed away early Wednesday following a brief illness at a private hospital at Katra in Reasi district. He was 68.
Sharma, also a former minister, was first elected as MLA in 1983 and again in 1987 from Chhamb constituency on Congress mandate.
He went on to become a minister in NC-Congress coalition government in 1988.
He was again elected from Akhnoor- in 2002 and became minister in PDP-Congress government.
In 2002, he was twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Jammu Poonch seat in 2004 and 2009.
However, he lost 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
He was one of the senior most leaders and man of masses.
His death is being widely mourned in political and social circles.
The entire rank and file of the party has deeply mourned his death and prayed for peace to the departed soul, chief spokesperson JKPCC Ravinder Sharma said.