Mumbai, May 31: Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar on Thursday passed away at the age of 67, after he breathed his last at 4 am and 35 minutes at Somaiya Hospital in Mumbai. Pandurang Phundkar was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday after suffering a  cardiac arrest. Also Read - Infected With Black Fungus, 3 Children Undergo Surgery, Eyes Removed In Mumbai 

Born in Buldhana district of Maharashtra in 1950, Pandurang Pundalik Fundkar was also known by the name of Bhausaheb Fundkar. He was the former president of State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Pundalik Fundkar was also the leader of opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council in India and a member of 9th Lok Sabha, 10th Lok Sabha and 11th Lok Sabha from Akola (Lok Sabha constituency) from Maharashtra. Also Read - Arrangements in Final Phase to Make Sputnik V Vaccine Available in 9 More Cities Across India: Dr Reddy’s

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Pandurang Phundkar was elected as the member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Khamgaon (Vidhan Sabha constituency) in 1978 and 1980. He was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in Devendra Fadnavis government on July 8, 2016. Fundkar pursued his higher education from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University.