In the death of Mr.Babulal Gaur the Madhya Pradesh lost versatile very popular and polite social and political leader. He had led a very colourful life. He started as textile labourer and reached to the level of becoming Chief Minister of the State. He died at the ripe age of 89 on August 21 in Bhopal in the morning hours of cardiac arrest. He was ailing for sometime and hospitalized. He had low blood pressure.
The Governor Mr.Lalji Tandon, Chief Minister Mr.Kamal Nath, former Chief Ministers Mr.Shivrja Singh Chouhan, Mr.Digvijay Singh, Mr.Motilal Vora, BJP State President Mr.Rakesh Singh mourn his death deeply. His body was laid at his residence in 74 bungalows and later placed at the State BJP Head office where thousands of persons paid homage to the departed leader.
He is one of the three persons, who shaped the capital city Bhopal. The one was Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma the Chief Minister of C class Bhopal State, The bureaucrat Mr.Mahesh Neelkanth Buch and Mr.Babulal Gaur, who was ahead among the three in removing encroachment in the capital Bhopal with stern action and determination. He had a vision to develop Bhopal as ‘Paris’.
He ordered deployment of Buldozers to remove unauthorized construction. He was nicknamed as “Buldozer Lal”. Originally he belonged to Uttar Pradesh District Pratapgarh village Nogeer. He was born here on 2nd June 1930. Later he migrated to Bhopal permanently, where his life came to an end.
His last rites were performed at Subhash Nagar crematorium with full state honours. Three day mourning declared in the State in his memory. His grandson Aakash lit the funeral pyre. He lost his only son Purshottam in 2004. He left behind his daughter-in-law Mr.Krishna Gaur, BJP-MLA from Govindpura seat, which Mr.Babulal Gaur held for 7 time out of total 10 times MLA from here. For three times he was MLA from Bhopal South winning all the election.
In 2016 he stepped down from the Shivraj Singh Chouhan ministry on age factor and also opted out of electoral politics. He always remained a trade union labour leader the point of his origin in the public-political life. He was MLA and Opposition leader, Minister holding various portfolios and Chief Minister.
In 2003 BJP won thumping majority in the Vidhan Sabha election and Uma Bharti became Chief Minister. But suddenly she had to step down on an arrest warrant from Hubli court of Karnataka. Mr.Babulal Gaur assumed the office of Chief Minister for some time from 22nd August 2004 to 29th November 2005. Thereafter Mr.Shivraj Singh Chouhan became Chief Minister and Mr.Gaur remained in his ministry.
Outside the power politics Mr.Gaur was equally active in the organization. He had been General Secretary of the State BJP, founder member of party’s labour wing, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh. He joined RSS in 1946 and participated in many agitation in Delhi, Punjab and other states. During the Emergency in 1975 he was in prison for 19 months. He participated in the Goa Liberation and honoured as freedom fighter. In his death there is void in party and public life of the State that can never be fulfilled.