Mumbai: A seven-term Lok Sabha member from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mohan Delkar, was found dead at a Mumbai hotel on Monday. A senior police officer informed that the 58-year old Delkar, who was put in a Marine Drive hotel died by hanging himself. There were reports of a suicide note being found from the hotel room. The police officials declined to comment on the suicide note in Gujarati was found with the body of the Independent Lok Sabha member.
He was a member of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice and also a member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs of the Lower House. Delkar was in May 2019 elected to the 17th Lok Sabha, his seventh term in the House. Mohan’s father, Sanjibhai Delkar, was elected to Lok Sabha from Dadra and Nagar Haveli in 1967 as Congress candidate, joined Morarji Desai’s NCO faction when the party split in 1969 and lost 1971 Lok Sabha election as NCO candidate.
Mohan Delkar started his career as a trade union leader in Silvassa and fought for the rights of tribal people working in different factories here. Later, he started Adivasi Vikas Sangathan for the tribals in 1985. In 1989, he was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha from Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituency as an independent candidate. In 1991 and 1996 he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha as an Indian National Congress candidate from the same constituency.
In 1998, he was again elected to the Lok Sabha as a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the same constituency. In 1999 and 2004, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha as an independent and the Bharatiya Navshakti Party (BNP) candidate respectively. On 4 February 2009, he re-joined the Indian National Congress. In 2019 he distanced himself from the Congress Party and was elected as an independent politician. However, in 2020, he joined the Janata Dal (United) party.