Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Bharatiya Janata Party strongman Chandrashekhar Patil Revoor, representing Gulbarga South Assembly Constituency, died on Wednesday night at Sedam town following a heart attack. The mortal remains of Mr Revoor were buried with full state honours at Revoor village.

The 53-year-old legislator, who helped BJP open its account in Gulbarga City Assembly constituency in 2004 ending the domination of Janata Dal and Indian Union Muslim League, leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. One of his son Dattatreya Patil is a zilla panchayat member.

Mr. Revoor was a popular leader among the youths and was instrumental in roping in the support of Dalit youths to the party in Gulbarga. He played a crucial role in helping the BJP gain control of the Gulbarga City Corporation in the Mayoral polls by enlisting the support of Congress Councillors.

Mr Revoor was known for his no-nonsense approach and straight forwardness and had a open stand-off with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa during the launch of the Vajpayee Arogyasri Yojana in Gulbarga a couple of months back. In the power struggle between Mr Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers, which threatened to topple the BJP Government in the State, Mr. Revoor identified himself with the Reddy group.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, accompanied by BJP State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, party general secretary Ananth Kumar and Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar, Water Resource Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Minor Irrigation Minister Govind Karjol, Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya and Cooperation Minister Lakshman S Savadi who flew to Bidar Airport from Bangalore, came by road to Revoor village in Afzalpur Taluk to pay homage to Mr Revoor.

Earlier, the mortal remains of Mr Revoor which was kept in his house in Gulbarga city was taken in a procession in a flower bedecked van and kept for few minutes in Super Market for the general Public to pay homage. The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Health Minister Sriramulu also paid their homage.

Later, the mortal remains of Mr Revoor were laid to rest with full state honours. Thousands of Admirers of Mr. Revoor and his relatives gave a tearful farewell to the departed leader.