Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant passes away in US after cancer battle

In February, Pant had fainted in the Vidhan Sabha while presenting the state budget for 2019-20.

Published: 06th June 2019 01:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2019 01:48 AM   |  A+A-

Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant (Photo | Twitter)

By IANS

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant, who was battling with cancer for some time, passed away in Texas in the US on Wednesday. He was 59. He had recently gone to the US for treatment.

Born in Pithoragarh, Pant later became an MLA from the district. He was also a pharmacist by profession.

In February, Pant had fainted in the Vidhan Sabha while presenting the state budget for 2019-20. Thereafter, he was hardly seen in public.

Before he left for the US, Pant handed over his portfolios -- Finance and Parliamentary Affairs -- to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, a government official said.

Pant also held the Finance portfolio in the previous BJP government in 2007-12. He was also appointed the Speaker of the interim Assembly, formed immediately after the hill state was carved out on November 9, 2000.

Expressing deep shock at his Cabinet colleague's untimely death, the Chief Minister said he had lost his younger brother. He said Pant was a dynamic leader and was always smiling.

A three-day mourning has been declared in the hill state. A state holiday has also been declared on Thursday.

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