Senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur died this morning at a private hospital in Bhopal after a prolonged illness.

Speaking to Press Trust of India, Narmada Hospital Director Dr Rajesh Sharma said, 89-year-old Babulal Gaur died due to caridiac arrest.

Gaur was suffering from various old-age related ailments and was hospitalised for quite some time.The veteran BJP leader served as Madhya Pradesh chief minister from 2004 to 2005 and represented his traditional Govindpura Vidhan Sabha seat 10 times.

Born on June 2, 1930 at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Babulal Gaur emerged as a powerful and popular leader in Madhya Pradesh initially as a trade union leader and later as an MLA.