Former Cong Minister dies after brief illness

Jammu: A former Jammu and Kashmir Minister and senior Congress leader Romesh Chander Sharma on Tuesday died after brief illness at a hospital in New Delhi.

He was 64.

Sharma, who was elected MLA from Nowshera Assembly constituency of Rajouri district, served as a Minister of State in the PDP-Congress government in 2002.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The cremation is expected to be held at his native place in Nowshera this evening.

Several senior Congress leaders, including Chief Spokesman of JKPCC Ravinder Sharma, have condoled the demise of Romesh Chander Sharma.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a condolence message, said Sharma was devoted to the welfare of the people and lived an exemplary public life.

Meanwhile, the state unit of the Congress held a condolence meeting which was attended by senior state party leaders including former ministers.