Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope's mother passes away at 74

Updated: Aug 02, 2020, 09:26 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Rajesh Tope's mother was earlier admitted to the hospital in March for a month but had returned home after recovering. However, since the last one month, she was again admitted to Bombay Hospital

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Pic/Twitter Rajesh Tope
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Pic/Twitter Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope's mother, Sharadatai Tope passed away on Saturday night following a prolonged illness. She was 74. Tope has been leading the state's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as the health minister.

On Saturday, Rajesh Tope took to Twitter to inform about his mother's untimely death. Taking to the micro-blogging site the state health minister wrote, "My mother Sharadatai Ankushrao Tope, 74, passed away due to a long illness. She was undergoing treatment at the Bombay Hospital for the last one month."

As per Tope's post, his mother was admitted at the Bombay Hospital and was undergoing treatment since the last one month. She was was earlier admitted to the hospital in March for a month but had returned home after recovering. However, since the last one month, she was again admitted to Bombay Hospital.

Extending condolence to Tope and his family, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, "Saddened to hear about the demise of Health Minister Rajesh Tope's mother Shri Sharadatai. Even after being in that hospital for a few months, Rajesh Tope Ji took care of Maharashtra by fighting against corona. May the soul of Sharadatai Tope attain eternal peace."

Rajesh Tope's mother Sharda was the chairman of the Samarth sugar factory in Jalna. Tope's husband Ankushrao Tope, a former member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and member of Parliament (MP), had passed away in April 2016.

Here's how people extended their condolences:

Sharada Tope's last rites will take place at the family's home town at Ambad tehsil in Jalna district of Marathwada on Sunday evening.

With inputs from agencies

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