New Delhi, June 9:  Former Goa Congress Chief and Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik passed away in a hospital in Margao due to heart attack. He was taken to the hospital from his residence after he complained of uneasiness, where he was declared brought dead, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Altinho Gomes told PTI. Also Read - Are You Suffering From Diabetes? Here's How You Can Cut Your Risk of Developing Heart Attack

“It is shocking news for us. We have lost a guide in the form of him. He had mentored so many youths and inspired them to join Congress party. It is a big loss for us,” said Goa Congress leader Girish Raya Chodankar. Also Read - Are You at Increased Risk of Heart Failure? Here's What You Need to Get

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Considered as the party loyalist, Naik was elected as the member of Lok Sabha in the 1984 General Election. He also pursued the demand for statehood to Goa which was fulfilled in the year 1987. He represented Goa in Rajya Sabha for two terms – 2005-2011 and 2011-2017. He was defeated by BJP candidate Vinay Tendulkar during the elections held for Rajya Sabha seat in July 2017. Naik, who had replaced Luizinho Falerio as the Goa Congress chief in July 2017, had resigned from his position in March this year. He is survived by his wife, Beena, and a son.