Senior BJP Leader LK Advani's wife Kamla Advani passes away

Delhi: Kamla Advani, wife of BJP leader LK Advani, died of  heart failure in AIIMS on Wednesday.

Mrs Advani, 83, had been unwell for some time and had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital earlier today after she complained of breathlessness, sources close to the family said.

An AIIMS statement said "Kamla Advani, wife of LK Advani, was brought to the main casualty, AIIMS at 5.10pm in a very serious unconscious and unresponsive condition. Immediate evaluation revealed the patient to be in cardiopulmonary arrest."

It further said that immediate resuscitation measures were provided by a team of doctors. "However, despite 60 mins of intensive efforts, she could not be revived and was declared dead at 6.10pm," the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to offer his condolences and pay tribute.

PM Modi is probably bang on when he said - "She always inspired and motivated karyakartas and was LK Advani ji's pillar of strength."

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also echoed the same sentiments - "Kamla Advani ji was a pillar of support to Advaniji in his political march."

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who shares her wedding date with the Advanis, and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also sent condolence messages after her death.

LK Advani married to Kamla in 1965 and have two children, son Jayant and daughter Pratibha Advani.

Kamla, 83, worked at the General Post at Delhi and Mumbai branch and is said to have been the perfect manager of Advani household.

While, the veteran BJP leader, during his long political career saw many highs and lows, there was one constant in his life which helped him tackle the pressures of life and politics and that was Kamla Advani.

She remained out of politics but was often seen with him in public and was truly the anchor of his life.

Kamla accompanied Advani during his famous and strenuous long 'rath yatra' in the late eighties and 90s that pitchforked BJP as the other pole in Indian politics and later during the 'Shining India' campaign as deputy PM in the Vajpayee government.

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