Following prolonged illness, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and veteran BJP leader Kalyan Singh passed away on Saturday night at the age of 89. Singh, who had been ailing for some time, breathed his last at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) in Lucknow.
Singh had been admitted to SGPGI on July 4 in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.
He died due to sepsis and multi-organ failure, the hospital said in the statement.
Singh was the UP chief minister when the Babri mosque was demolished by a mob in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
He later also served as the governor of Rajasthan.
The veteran leader's death was mourned by many including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Condoling his passing on Twitter, PM said that generations to come will remain forever grateful to Kalyan Singh for his contributions to India's cultural regeneration.
I am saddened beyond words. Kalyan Singh Ji…statesman, veteran administrator, grassroots level leader and great human. He leaves behind an indelible contribution towards the development of Uttar Pradesh. Spoke to his son Shri Rajveer Singh and expressed condolences. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/ANOU2AJIpS— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 21, 2021
Modi added that Kalyan Singh gave voice to crores of people from marginalised sections, made an indelible contribution towards UP's development.
(With inputs from PTI)