Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral died Friday at a hospital in Gurgaon, some 30 km from the national capital, following prolonged illness, the Indian government has announced.

Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in the national capital that Gujral passed away at 3:31 p.m. local time at the hospital in Gurgaon.

He was 92 and is survived by his two sons. His wife, a prominent poet, died last year.

Gujral, who was India's 12th prime minister from April 1997 to March 1998, "was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a chest infection. He was unwell for sometime. But, his condition deteriorated and he was put on ventilator support, but he could not survive," sources said.

A former Indian envoy to the erstwhile Soviet Union, Gujaral also participated in India's struggle for freedom movement in 1942, and also served as Indian External Affairs Minister in the 1990s.