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S.B. Chavan passes away

MUMBAI, FEB. 26. A former Union Minister and Maharashtra Chief Minister, Shankarrao Bhaurao Chavan, 83, died here today after a prolonged illness.

He breathed his last at Bombay Hospital where he was operated upon for the removal of a blood clot in the brain last week. The funeral will take place in his native town, Nanded.

Mr. Chavan, who started his career as president of the Nanded Town Municipality, was not only the tallest leader from Maharashtra's Marathwada region but also the only person from the State to hold several key portfolios at the Centre — External, Defence, Home and Finance at different points of time.