Former Union Minister of State and BJP leader Jayawantiben Mehta passed away at the age of 78, in Mumbai in the wee hours on Monday after a brief illness.
Mehta, the former minister of state for power, breathed her last around 1:25 am. The last rites will take place at 5.30 pm at Shivaji Park crematorium in Mumbai BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said.
Mehta was made the minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet in 1999.
She rose in the BJP ranks to become a corporator, an MLA and later a Lok Sabha member, succeeding late Murli Deora from the South Mumbai constituency.