Kalyan Singh, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, passed away in Lucknow on Friday, a day after Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda met him at the hospital.
Former Union agriculture minister and a close aide of Singh, Krishna Raj, tweeted, “True seval (servant) of Ramlala, former governor and former chief minister, our beloved Babuji is no more among us. Your passing away is like the end of an era. May God give strength to his family and loved ones to bear this loss.”
रामलला के सच्चे सेवक पूर्व राज्यपाल एवं पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री हमारे अभिवावक कल्याण सिंह बाबूजी हमारे बीच नही रहे आपका जाना जैसे एक युग के अंत होने जैसा है।ईश्वर उनको अपने श्रीचरणों में स्थान दें एवं उनके परिजनों व चाहने वालों को ये वज्राघात सहन करने की शक्ति प्रदान करे।@BJP4India pic.twitter.com/CEJPhZl1hW— Krishna Raj (@KrishnaRajMOS) July 9, 2021
Late in the evening, Nadda reached SGPGI directly from the airport, where he inquired about the health of former UP CM and BJP stalwart. Sources said that he also spoke to him. During the BJP president’s visit, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP UP chief Swatantra Dev Singh were also present.
Kalyan Singh has been unwell for two weeks and he is undergoing treatment at PGI Lucknow. Singh was first admitted at RML Institute in the state capital, however later he was shifted to PGI. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah had also inquired about the former CM’s health over the phone. CM Yogi Adityanath has also visited him at the hospital many times.
After meeting Kalyan Singh on Thursday evening, Nadda tweeted, “Today, I went to SGPGI Hospital in Lucknow and met former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Kalyan Singh ji and inquired about his health. I pray to God for your speedy recovery.”
On Friday, Bihar minister Shahnawaz Hussain is also reaching Lucknow to visit Singh, following which he will go on to meet CM Yogi.