The police are present at the spot and an investigation is being carried out.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar was found dead at a hotel in South Mumbai on Monday (February 22), police said. He was 58 years old. Police suspect the independent MP could have died by suicide.
His body has been sent for postmortem and investigations were underway. "The body of MP Mohan Delkar has been found in a hotel under the limits of Marine Drive police station. Police at the spot. A suicide note has been found. The investigation is being done. The exact cause of death will be known after the postmortem is conducted," said the Mumbai Police.
Delkar, was earlier the Congress president of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and had quit the party in 2019 to contest as an Independent, which was his seventh term in the Lower House. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice and a member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs of the Lok Sabha.
He has represented the union territory in Parliament since 2004.
According to reports, an official said a suicide note in Gujarati was also found along with the body. The cause of death will be known after the autopsy, he added. An accidental death report is being registered based on thepreliminary information, the official said.
Delkar is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. An advocate for tribal rights, Mohan Sanjibhai Delkar began his career as a trade union leader in Silvassa. He was first elected to the 9th Lok Sabha from Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituency in 1989 as a Congress nominee.
He won six consecutive elections from the constituency during 1989-2009, failing to retain the seat in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014. However, he successfully contested the 17th Lok Sabha as an Independent candidate. Delkar won the 1989, 1991 and 1996 elections as a Congress candidate and the 1998 election as a BJP candidate.
Delkar started his political career as the general secretary of the Youth Congress in 1986. He went on to become the president of the Congress from Dadar and Nagar Haveli and entered the Lok Sabha in 1989.
With inputs from PTI.
First Published: IST