Former Ahmedabad mayor and gynaecologist Dr Mukul Shah died of a heart ailment at his house in Ahmedabad on Sunday. He was 74. Shah died around 8.30 pm at his house. He had undergone angiography at a hospital earlier in the day, said Gaurang Prajapati, BJP leader in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on X (formerly Twitter), “Saddened by the demise of Dr Mukul Shah. He will always be remembered for his efforts in the development of the city as its mayor and for his efforts towards quality education. Prayers for the peace of the departed soul and condolences to his family.”
In his 12-year tenure as a municipal councillor, Shah was the youngest to hold the top three posts of deputy mayor (1988 and 1989), standing committee chairman (1990) and mayor (1991 and 1992) at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). He was first elected in 1980. He was also the pro-vice-chancellor of Gujarat University in 2011 and the vice-chancellor in 2012-14.
The first practising doctor to have been appointed as the mayor, Dr Shah also served as a professor and the head of the department at GCS Medical College and registrar at NHL Medical College in Ahmedabad. He also served as director of the National Forensic Science University in 2017 and Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Amarkantak.
Shah was an MBBS and MD (obstetrics and gynaecology). He also served as a professor at AMC-run NHL Medical College and LG Hospital. He was the youngest vice-president to be elected to the Ahmedabad Medical Association.
He earned a respectable position during his multiple pursuits, and had a candid personality, said his family members. His wife Dr Dipti Shah is the dean at Narendra Modi Medical College in Ahmedabad.
Last respects will be offered to Dr Shah on Thursday at the University Convention Centre GMDC Ground. (With PTI)