Lokendra Singh Kalvi, a senior politician and founder of Karni Sena, died of prolonged illness following a brain stroke in 2022 at SMS Hospital here in the wee hours today. Kalvi was 67 years and breathed his last at 0015 hrs, his son Pratap Kalvi told SNS.
Lokendra was the son of late Kalyan Singh Kalvi, veteran Congress leader and former minister in Chandrashekhar government. Once Lokendra contested the assembly election in 2003 after forming a political party ‘Samajik Nyay Manch’ but was defeated.
Karni Sena, which took up the local issues of the state, hit the headlines all over India when it protested against popular producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavat’. Karni Sena protested at many places from Rajasthan to Mumbai to stop the release of this film.
Karni Sena also had protested against a TV serial ‘Jodha Akbar,’ created by Ekta Kapoor in 2008. Ekta herself had to come to Jaipur to settle the dispute with Karni Sena chief Lokendra.
A number of leaders in Rajasthan including former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, PCC president Govind Singh Dotasara, former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, BJP state unit president Satish Poonia and others have condoled the death of Lokendra.
His last rites would be performed at his village Kalvi in Nagaur district later in the afternoon.