Nagpur: Veteran Congress leader, former Minister and strong supporter of separate Vidarbha, Madhukar Kimmatkar passed away at a private hospital on Wednesday morning. A former member of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board and MHADA, he was 86.
Following health problems, he was admitted in the private hospital on December 30. The end came around 10.30 am on Wednesday.
Kimmatkar was born on August 10, 1932 at Ramtek. On the initiative of senior Congress leaders Vasant Sathe and Adv Madhukar Bhandare, Kimmatkar fought the State Assembly election in 1980 on Congress(I) ticket and emerged victorious. The demand for separate Vidarbha was raised by him from 1980 itself. He was inducted as Minister in Babasaheb Bhosale Cabinet in 1982. He was given the responsibility of Finance, Planning, Labour, Law and Judiciary portfolios.
Kimmatkar was appointed Chairman of MHADA in 1992. Similarly, he was also appointed as an expert member on Vidarbha Statutory Development Board.
Recently, Madhukar Kimmatkar was honoured with Ramtek Bhushan award.