Senior Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar died at the age of 85 years. Fotedar, who had an illustrious political career was close confidante of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Fotedar breathed his last at at Medanta hospital in Gurugram.
Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr A K Dubey said Fotedar was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and respiratory infection and had been admitted on June 20. He was being attended by a team of doctors from various departments, Dubey added.
Hailing from Kashmir, Fotedar was ushered into politics by Jawaharlal Nehru in early 1950s and he gradually strengthened his position in the Congress to become one of the most powerful persons in the party. He enjoyed immense trust of Indira Gandhi who had made him her political secretary in 1980. After her death, Rajiv Gandhi also made him his political secretary for three years, before inducting him in his Cabinet as a minister.