Senior Congress Leader and former Member of Parliament Balkrishna Ramchandra Wasnik died on 10 September 2015 following cardiac arrest. He was 86.
He is survived by his son and All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Former Union Minister Mukul Wasnik and two daughters.
He had represented two constituencies of Vidarbha in Parliament namely Bhandara (in 1957 and 1962) and Buldhana (1980).
Wasnik, a dedicated activist worked for developments of the Dalits and other deprived and underprivileged sections of the society. He was a staunch supporter of separate Vidarbha.
In 1967, he became President of the Mahavidarbha Rajya Sangharsh Samiti and mobilized the agitation to press for this demand.