Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh passes away: ‘Saddened beyond words,’ says PM Modi

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Updated: August 21, 2021 11:05 PM

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh passes away: SGPGI said in a statement that the cause of death was sepsis and multi organ failure.

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh passes away(File image)

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh passes away: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and former Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) in Lucknow on Saturday.

SGPGI said in a statement that the cause of death was sepsis and multi organ failure. He was 89. He had been admitted to the SGPGI on July 4 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a critical condition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Kalyan Singh and called him a “statesman, veteran administrator, grassroots level leader and great human” in a tweet.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said: “Generations to come will remain forever grateful to Kalyan Singh Ji for his contributions towards India’s cultural regeneration. He was firmly rooted in Indian values and took pride in our centuries old traditions.”

“Kalyan Singh Ji gave voice to crores of people belonging to the marginalised sections of society. He made numerous efforts towards the empowerment of farmers, youngsters and women,” PM further added.

In his condolence tweet, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Kalyan Singh was not only a stalwart of Indian politics, but he left an indelible mark on the country and society with his personality and creativity. Former Rajasthan Governor’s long political life was devoted to the service of the masses and he came to be known as an extremely popular chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The defence minister further stated that Kalyan Singh had worked hard to make BJP strong right from the days of Jana Sangh. The country will remember him for his important role in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi movement, he added.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered a three-day state mourning in the state to condole the demise of Kalyan Singh. The last rites will be performed on the bank of Ganga in Narora in the evening of August 23 and there will be a public holiday on the day. Yogi informed that on Sunday the mortal remains will be first taken to his residence, then to state Assembly and BJP office in Lucknow for people to pay their last respects. His body will then be taken to Aligarh in the evening and then to Atrauli on Monday.

Singh was the UP chief minister when the Babri mosque was demolished by a mob in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

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