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Former MLA from Jalna Ankushrao Raosaheb Tope passes away

Great Sage(Maharshi) of Cooperative and Education Sector, Former MP and MLA from Jalna district Ankushrao Raosaheb Tope passed away early this morning at Malar hospital in Chennai due to heart ailment. He was admitted to Malar hospital on March 14 after he was shifted from Bombay hospital due to heart ailment and breathed his last at 0300 hours today, said sources. He was 74, and survived by wife Shardatai Tope, son Rajesh Tope , Daughter Varsha Desai and three grand children. Rajesh, who was former minister in Cong-NCP led government and present MLA from Ghansavangi Assembly in Jalna constituency. Ankushrao Tope , who was born in 1942 resident Patharwala Bk village in Ambad tehsil of Jalna district initially professionally worked as lawyer during 1964 to 1972. 
He spend his life in the works related to educational, social, agriculture ,politics and cooperative sector during his of life in the Jalna district. Tope started his political works from 1967, when he served as vice president of Aurangbad Zilla Parisahd from 1967 to 1972. Afterwards, he was elected as Congress MLA from Amabd constituency in 1972-1978. Later, he fought Lok Sabha election in 1991 on Congress ticket and was elected MP. Tope, who was also founder president of Mastsodari Education society in 1974 in Jalna district, having 65 branches in the district and region, including engineering, law, Ded, Bed and military faculties with the present capacity of 35,000 student with 1500 employees.

Tope, who was also founder member of Samarth Sahakari Suager Mill at Ankushnagar in Jalna district, which was started in 1981. Apart from this he was also served as president of Jalna district central co operative bank and various post in different capacities in co- operative sectors, said sources. His death body accompanied to his son Rajesh has been airlifted from Chennai to Aurangabad airport from where and it was send to the Jalna by road and will kept at his resident at Jalna for public darshan. 

Condoling his father's death, Rajesh said that his father had a heart transplant recently and was admitted in hospital, reacting over his death, he said that his father always said that he wants to work for people welfare and his willpower was very strong. Condoling his death, State Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde said that Jalna district has been lost a great sage of cooperative sector, who spend his whole life in developing the district. MLC Satish Chavan said Tope has done remarkable works in education, cooperative and social in Jalna district. His death was major setback to the district. 

His funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 1000 hrs at the premises of Samrath Sugar mills and Ankushnagar. Heavy weight politicians and people from all walks of life are expected to attend Tope's funeral, sources added.

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