Uttarakhand: Gopal Rawat, popular MLA from Gangotri Uttarkashi, was suffering from cancer is no more.
Gangotri MLA Gopal Rawat died on Thursday in Dehradun while undergoing treatment. He was suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment since last December. The news of his death has triggered a wave of mourning in the district. His body is being brought to Uttarkashi. He will be cremated at Kedarghat on Friday.
Gopal Rawat, who has been active in social service since his student life, started his political life in the year 1984 with PG College Uttarkashi becoming the student union president. He was then elected as a councilor in the Uttarkashi municipality. During this time he served as PRO with former Kabina minister Baldev Singh Arya.
In 1996, Gopal Rawat was elected the block chief of Dunda block. He joined BJP in 2005 after being active in politics as a block chief till 2002 and was elected MLA from Gangotri Vidhan Sabha in 2007. After winning the 2012 assembly elections, he won the 2017 election by a record number of votes.
Gopal Rawat, son of Advocate Kundan Singh Rawat, resident of Dungalgaon Dhanari of Dunda block was born on 24 February 1959. Gopal Rawat, who was active in politics for forty years during his lifetime of just 62 years, always worked in the field interest. During the second MLA’s tenure, he got a large number of roads approved for roads untouched villages.
Due to the development work done in the area, soft-spoken, sociable and candid image, he remained very popular among the people of the region. His health was deteriorating since last December. According to doctors, he had cancer along with nerves related problems. After a long treatment in Mumbai, he was undergoing treatment in Dehradun for the last two months.
He breathed his last at Govind Hospital in Dehradun on Thursday. As soon as the news of his death is received, there is grief in the district. MLA Gopal Rawat is left behind by the Bharapura family including his wife, two daughters and a son. His body will be brought to Uttarkashi and cremated at Kedarghat on Friday.