According to party colleagues, Gujarat BJP MLA Asha Patel died on Sunday while receiving treatment for dengue fever in an Ahmedabad hospital. she had been brought in Zydus hospital, on Friday evening and was on ventilator support.
“I inform you with profound sadness that Unjha MLA Asha Patel is no longer with us. She was admitted in Zydus hospital at Ahmedabad for treatment of dengue, but the seriousness of her case was such that despite the best efforts by a team of doctors, she could not be saved,” former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters.
Her mortal remains will be transported to Unjha and placed in the market yard for public tribute, and her last rites will be performed in the Siddhpur crematorium on Monday, he added.
According to a statement released by the Gujarat BJP, Patel had dengue fever shortly after returning from Delhi and died on Sunday.
State Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Patel suffered from multiple organ failure. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Governor Acharya Devvrat condoled her death.
Patel, who was prominent in the Patidar quota movement, was first elected as MLA from Unjha on a Congress ticket in 2017, but moved to the ruling BJP in February 2019 and won a bypoll.