Puducherry: Sripad Deshpande, organising secretary of Puducherry state unit of BJP died of cardiac arrest on Sunday. He was 49.

He is survived by his wife and a 15-year-old daughter.

A release from BJP's media wing said Deshpande was on his routine stroll in the precincts of residential quarters in JIPMER last night and suddenly developed chest pain. He was rushed to JIPMER hospital where he collapsed despite intensive treatment early this morning.

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, former Chief Minister N Rangasamy, BJP's local unit president V Saminathan,party`s in charge here Mahesh Giri, MP and leaders of various wings of the party were among those who paid homage by placing wreaths on the body of the leader at his residence in JIPMER campus.

Deshpande had been appointed as the organising secretary of the Puducherry unit of the BJP last year.