Rajya Sabha MP Manorama Sharma dies

RSTV Bureau

manormaCongress Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand Manorama Dobriyal Sharma on Wednesday died following a brief illness at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Sharma, 59, was undergoing treatment at Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon.

Sharma, who was admitted to the hospital Jan 31, had undergone a liver transplant operation on February 13 at Gurgaon’s Artemis Hospital where she passed away this morning at 10.30, official sources said in Dehradun.

She was put on ventilator support yesterday after she developed some complications and finally succumbed this morning, chief minister Harish Rawat’s media incharge Surendra Kumar said.

Sharma is survived by her husband and three sons, he added.

Her body is being brought here this evening for cremation and a three-day state mourning has been declared following her death.

Sharma, a former mayor of Dehradun, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in November last year as a Congress member thus becoming the first woman member of the Upper House from the hill state, Kumar said.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Governor K K Paul have expressed grief at the untimely demise of the Congress leader, who was known for raising women specific issues.

In his condolence message, the Governor described her as an efficient and popular leader whose death was an irreparable loss to her party.

Dobriyal’s body will be kept at the Pradesh Congress Committee office at Rajiv Bhawan from 10 am to 12 PM tomorrow for people to pay their last respects to the departed leader, Pradesh Programme In charge Rajenmdra Shah said.

Addressing a condolence meeting at the UPCC office state Congress president Kishore Upadhyay said her death was not just a loss to the state unit of the party but to the whole of it on the national level.

Describing her as an effective leader, he said her contribution as the chief of the PCC women’s wing and to the movement for creation of Uttarakhand can never be forgotten.

Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed his deep condolences over the death of Sharma.

“Manoramaji served the nation as a Rajya Sabha MP and was a dedicated Congress leader from Uttarakhand. Her loss will be deeply mourned by the party and all her supporters”, he said in a message.