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Ex-Union minister, Congress leader Manikrao Gavit dies at 87 in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: Former union minister and Congress leader Manikrao Gavit died of old age at a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik on Saturday, sources said.

Gavit was 87, and is survived by his daughter former MLA Nirmala Gavit and son Bharat.

A nine-time Lok Sabha MP, Gavit represented the tribal-dominated Nandurbar constituency from 1980 to 2009, and lost the election in 2014.

Gavit’s son Bharat joined the BJP after he was denied ticket by the Congress in 2019, while daughter Nirmala, a two-time Congress MLA from Igatpuri, joined the Shiv Sena and lost her seat.

Gavit served as the Union minister of state home in the Manmohan Singh government in 2004 and minister of state social justice in 2013.

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