Shimla: BJP MP from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh Ram Swaroop Sharma died in New Delhi on Wednesday, a spokesperson of the party said here.
Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said Sharma was found hanging from a ceiling fan. He was taken to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Sixty-two-year-old Sharma had been suffering from various ailments.
BJP leaders have mourned his demise.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Shocked to know that Shri. Ram Swaroop Sharma, MP (Mandi, HP) is no more. No words to express my grief. My prayers that his family, friends, followers have the strength and fortitude to bear this loss.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too condoled Sharma’s death. He said, “His entire life was devoted to the country and society. He played a significant role in strengthening the BJP to the bottom levels in Himachal Pradesh.”
Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, the police said, adding that no suicide note was found from the spot.
An inquiry is underway and the exact cause of his death will be ascertained after a post-mortem examination, the police said.
Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 1 PM after an obituary reference to Sharma.
Born at Jalpehar village in Mandi district on June 10, 1958, Sharma was a two-time MP.
He was elected to the 16th and 17th Lok Sabha from Mandi parliamentary constituency in 2014 and 2019 respectively.
According to the police, a call was made to the Police Control Room (PCR) around 7.45 am by his aide after the parliamentarian did not respond to knocks on his door.
A police team reached the spot and forced open the door and found Sharma hanging from a ceiling fan.
With inputs from PTI