Former Madhya Pradesh CM and senior BJP leader Babulal Gaur passed away on Wednesday morning after prolonged illness. He was 89. The BJP leader breathed his last at Narmada Hospital in Bhopal where he was admitted after he complained of uneasiness earlier. Gaur (89) passed away due to caridiac arrest, Narmada Hospital Director, Dr Rajesh Sharma, told PTI. He was suffering from various old-age related ailments and was hospitalised for quite some time. The Madhya Pradesh government has declared three-day mourning in the state following the demise of Gaur. His last rites will be performed with state honours. Gaur was born in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh in 1930. He, however, lived in Bhopal since his childhood. A lawyer by profession, Gaur emerged as a powerful and popular leader in Madhya Pradesh initially as a trade union leader and later as MLA. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Gaur, saying he continuously worked to strengthen the party. The Prime Minister said that Gaur served people for decades and transformed the state. From Jana Sangh days, he worked constantly to strengthen our party. As Minister and CM of Madhya Pradesh he undertook many efforts to transform the state. Saddened by his demise, he tweeted. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh also expressed grief over the demise of Gaur. Gaur was first elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in a by-election in Bhopal South constituency in the year 1974 as an independent candidate (supported by Janata Party). A 10-time MLA, he served as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh from August 23, 2004 to November 29, 2005. He was succeeded by Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Gaur was elected in 10 Assembly elections from the seat of Govindpura in Bhopal. He retired from electoral politics in 2018 due to old age. His daughter-in-law Krishna Gaur won Govindpura assembly seat in 2018 as a BJP candidate.