Balu Dhanorkar, Congress’ Lone MP From Maharashtra, Dies Aged 47

New Delhi: Congress’s lone Lok Sabha member from Maharashtra, Balu Dhanorkar, died at a private hospital in the National Capital Region on Tuesday morning, a party leader said. Dhanorkar was 47 and is survived by MLA wife Pratibha and two sons.

Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said, “He was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur last week for treatment of kidney stones. He was later shifted to New Delhi, but he could not survive.”

Dhanorkar, the Lok Sabha member from Chandrapur, was treated for kidney stones at a hospital in Nagpur on May 26 and was taken to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, adjoining Delhi, on Sunday following some complications.

Dhanorkar’s mortal remains will be taken to his hometown Warora on Tuesday afternoon. The last rites will be performed on Wednesday morning.

Dhanorkar’s 80-year-old father Narayan Dhanorkar passed away in Nagpur on Saturday evening after a prolonged illness. The MP could not attend his father’s last rites on Sunday.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor condoled the demise of the Congress MP.

“Saddened to learn that our @INCIndia parliamentary colleague, Suresh Narayan Dhanorkar (MP from Chandrapur constituency in Maharashtra) passed away overnight, the second death of a Congress MP during the 17th Lok Sabha. He was only 47. His loved ones I have sympathy for the people.” Om Shanti,” Tharoor tweeted.

Dhanorkar started his political career in the Balasaheb Thackeray-led Shiv Sena in Chandrapur district and won the assembly elections in 2014. However, he was keen to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Chandrapur, traditionally contested by BJP’s Hansraj Ahir.

Dhanorkar joined the Congress and defeated the Ahirs. His wife had won from Warora-Bhadravati assembly seat in 2019.