New Delhi | Agencies: Veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Madhav Govind Vaidya passed away on Saturday in Maharashtra's Nagpur at the age of 97 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Sunanda and eight children.

Vaidya was undergoing treatment for illness at Spandan Hospital, where he breathed his last 3:35 pm. His funeral will be conducted at Ambazari Ghat (Crematorium ground in Nagpur) at 9:30 am on Sunday.

Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Joint General Secretary of RSS and son of MG Vaidya in a tweet said, "Shri MG Vaidya, my father breathed his last today at 3.35 pm at Nagpur after completing 97 years of active, meaningful and inspiring life. He was a veteran journalist, a Hindutva "Bhashyakar" and active Sangh (RSS) Swayamsevak for 9 decades."

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari condoled the demise of MG Vaidya, stating that it is sad that a pious and sage-like personality has passed away.

"My humble tribute to Baburao Vaidya. Baburao was fortunate enough to work with all Sarsanghchalak. It was a firm belief that Baburaoji would be a centenarian, but destiny had something different in mind. It is sad that a pious and sage-like personality has passed away. May God grant peace to the departed soul. Peace," Gadkari said.

MG Vaidya was ace journalist, ex MLC, Sanskrit scholar and first official spokesperson of RSS.

(With ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma