Pune – Veteran socialist leader Bhai Vaidya died today. He was 89. He breathed his last in Poona Hospital, where he was going under treatment for pancreas cancer. His mortal remains will be cremated here tomorrow.
Bhai Vaidya, fondly known as Bhai among his friends and followers was one of stalwarts who championed for cause of downtrodden. Along with other tall leaders like S M Joshi, N G Gore, Yadunath Thatte, G P Pradhan, Bhai Vaidya spearheaded socialist movement in the state right from independence. Like other socialist leaders, he too had fought for freedom of the country. He was also Minister of Home (State) in 1980’s when non-Congress government was formed in the state.