Pramod Mahajan: Pramod Mahajan died under tragic circumstances in 2006. Prolonged attempts by a battery of doctors in Mumbai to revive him from bullet injuries failed. Pramod struggled for his life for 13 days after he was shot at by his estranged elder brother Pravin. Controversial, yet one of the brightest young faces in BJP, Mahajan was the brain behind BJP's 2004 India Shining campaign, which turned out to be a failure. He still had a lot to offer to BJP when he died aged 56
Gopinath Munde: Just days after taking oath as Union Minister of Rural Development in the Narendra Modi government, Gopinath Munde was killed in a road accident. Munde's tenure as the opposition leader in the Maharashtra assembly from 1992-95 was one of the most volatile period in state politics. He went on to become the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (1995-1999). Munde was among the candidates in running for the CM's post, if the Sena-BJP alliance came into power in Maharashtra. That ambition of his will remain unfulfilled.
Vilasrao Deshmukh: The Maharashtra stalwart was the Union Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh in the UPA II government, when he succumbed to a liver ailment at the age of 67, unable to get a donor in time. Tragically, an attempt to harvest liver from a brain-dead donor failed as the man died before doctors could operate on him. Deshmukh was a two-time Maharashtra CM, from 1999 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2008. In spite of being named in many controversies, he was given a berth in the Union cabinet under the UPA II regime
Rajesh Pilot: The senior Congress leader Rajesh Pilot was only 55 when he perished in a road accident in 2000. The Indian Air Force pilot-turned politician got injured critically after a jeep being driven by him collided head-on with a State transport bus near his Lok Sabha constituency, Dausa, in Rajasthan. Pilot was a Minister of State for Home, Communications and Surface Transport in the P. V. Narasimha Rao Government, and also among the Union Ministers in the Rajiv Gandhi government
Madhavrao Scindia: Another big name from Congress, Madhavrao Scindia was killed in an air crash in 2001 on the outskirts of Mainpuri district in UP. Scindia excelled as Railways Minister in the Rajiv Gandhi govt, bringing in modernisation in Indian Railways. Under the P. V. Narasimha Rao government, he was the Minister for Civil Aviation and, later, the HRD minister. In addition, Scindia was also the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1990 to 1993. He was 56 at the time of his death
GMC Balayogi: The TDP leader GMC Balayogi died at the age of 50 in 2002 after the Bell 206 helicopter he was travelling in crashed in Kaikalur in Andhra Pradesh. Balayogi is most remembered as the Speaker of the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha
Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy: Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 2009 when he died in a helicopter crash under mysterious circumstances aged 60. Reddy's Bell 430 helicopter suddenly went missing while passing through, Nallamala, and debris of the same were located the next morning on top of Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles from Kurnool. Reddy was elected to the Lok Sabha four times from the Kadapa constituency, and had two terms as Andhra Pradesh CM
Sahib Singh Verma: The former Delhi CM died Sahib Singh Verma after his car collided with a truck on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in 2007. The 64-year-old was a former senior vice-president of the BJP, and went on to serve as the Labour Minister in the Vajpayee government in 2002
Mahendra Karma: Mahendra Karma was among the 30 killed in a Maoist attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh in 2013. Karma was the Leader of the Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha from 2004 to 2008. He was also instrumental in organising the Salwa Judum movement against Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Additionally, Karma was also a Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Ajit Jogi cabinet from 2000 to 2004
Sanjay Gandhi: Only 33, Sanjay Gandhi died in an air crash in 1980, near Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi. He was flying the aircraft himself, and lost control, leading to the crash and his untimely death. Until the tragedy, Gandhi was widely tipped to succeed his mother Indira as Congress head. A controversial figure, often criticised for his role in Emergency, Gandhi was made the Congress General Secretary just a month before his death
Here's a look at Indian politicians who passed away suddenly, leaving behind unfulfilled ambitions
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