Shimla: The sad demise of Chief Whip and Legislator from Jubbal-Kotkhai Narinder Bragta has sent shockwaves in the state. Many prominent leaders have mourned his demise and has expressed grief.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur mourned his demise and said that people of the state particularly Shimla district would always remember the contributions made by him in various fields such as horticulture, technical education etc.

He said that Bragta had always taken care of the interests of the people of Jubbal-Kotkhai and horticulturists, besides giving new direction for the development of the area. He said that he has lost his personal friend who enriched the party by his experiences. He said that Bragta always stood with cause of the people and their welfare. He said that the void created by his death would be difficult to be filled in.

Chief Minister prayed the Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

All Cabinet ministers have also expressed grief over the sad demise of Narinder Bragta.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya said that Narinder Bragta was an honest and hardworking leader dedicated for the state. He had immensely contributed in the field of horticulture development in the state. He will always be remembered for his efforts towards welfare of the State, particularly Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency.

BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda said that he along with Bragta had worked together in the government as well as the party. He dedicated his entire life for the development of the state and strengthening the organization.

Minister of State Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag said via Twitter, “The untimely demise of Narindra Bragta who was the voice of farmers and horticulturists, senior leader of BJP in Himachal Pradesh, party’s chief whip in the assembly and popular leader, is a blow to all of us. His death is an irreparable loss to me and the state, which is impossible to compensate.

Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal tweeted, “saddened by the demise of former Himachal government minister, BJP MLA from Jubbal-Kotkhai and BJP chief whip in the state assembly Narindra Bragta. Praying to the Almighty to give peace to his soul and give strength to his family to bear this loss.

State’s Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said via Twitter that today he has lost his childhood friend and everyone has lost a hardworking leader and a great personality.

BJP State President Suresh Kashyap said that Bragta was a simple personality, friendly and dedicated worker for the party.

“The entire BJP family is in shock due to his death. Narendra Bragta has served the party selflessly for a long time” said Kashyap.

In his condolence message, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) President Kuldeep Rathore said that the state has lost a leader of farmers and horticulturist leader in the death of Narindra Brakta. He expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.

Congress Legislator from Shimla (Rural) Vikramaditya Singh said that state will never forget Bragta’s contribution for the horticulture sector. Singh said that Bragta did a great job in raising the issues of Jubbal-Kotkhai Constituency as well as the state.

Theog Legislator and Communist Party of India (Marxist) Rakesh Singha said that they had shared a common platform on the issues of apple orchardists.

CPM leader and former Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation Sanjay Chauhan said Bragta was one of those talented leaders who always fought for the issues of the people.

He was an outspoken person who kept raising the issues of the farmers and horticulturists without fear.