The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Kalyan Singh died on 21st August at the age of 89 due to sepsis and multi-organ failure. The minister was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh since July 4. It was on friday when his health started to decline followed by dialysis.
Our Prime Minister tweeted, “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”.
Current Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Mr Singh in the hospital earlier in the day, expressing his condolences and calling his death an irreparable loss for the nation. In the time of grief his government has declared state mourning of 3 days and holiday on the cremation day that is on 23rd of August.
The President of India tweeted out a message for the late minister quoting, “Kalyan Singh ji had a magical connect with masses. As Chief Minister of UP, he determinedly pursued clean politics and purged governance of criminals and corruption. He dignified the offices he held. His demise leaves a vacuum in public life. My heartfelt condolences”.
Former Chief Ministers of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati expressed their sadness over his passing on twitter
Kalyan Singh born on 5th January 1932 in Atrauli, United Provinces, British India. Joining Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) during his school days and later became a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The minister was the Chief Minister during the controversial demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 after which he resigned as Chief Minister.
President’s rule was applied to the state and the elections were held again in November 1993, Mr. Singh contested from two constituencies, Atrauli (his birthplace) and Kasganj, winning from both the seats. In the year 2014 Mr. Singh rejoined BJP ( second rejoining) and was appointed Governor of Rajasthan serving 5 year term but while being in active politics during 2019, he was brought to trial for the conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid. A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) put his name in clear in the year 2020.