Uttar Pradesh Former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh dies at 89: Kalyan Singh, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, died on Saturday in Lucknow of sepsis and multi-organ failure. He was 89 years old at the time.
Since July 4, the senior BJP politician has been receiving treatment at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in the Uttar Pradesh capital. His condition deteriorated on Friday, and he was placed on dialysis as a result.
“Countless people throughout India are praying for the fast recovery of Kalyan Singh Ji,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted last month.
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, paid a visit to Mr Singh in the hospital earlier on Saturday and conveyed his sympathies, calling his death an irreversible loss. On August 23, when Mr Singh’s remains will be cremated, his administration has designated three days of official mourning and a holiday.
Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati paid tribute to Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh
Former Chief Ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati also shared their sorrow over his death on Twitter.
Mr Singh served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, on two separate occasions, from June 1991 to December 1992 and September 1997 to November 1999. Between 2014 until 2019, he was the Governor of Rajasthan.
On December 6, 1992, during his first tenure as Chief Minister, the long-disputed Babri mosque in Ayodhya was demolished. This episode shocked the country and is widely regarded as a watershed moment in contemporary India’s socio-political history, as well as the growth of his party, the BJP.
Following the destruction, Mr Singh resigned as Chief Minister, and the Uttar Pradesh administration was sacked on the same day by then-President Shankar Dayal Sharma. Mr Singh, along with other BJP heavyweights including as LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, was accused with conspiracy in connection with the event.
A Lucknow court acquitted Mr Kalyan Singh and others in the case last year. The senior lawmaker fiercely rejected any plot behind the demolition in a 2009 interview with NDTV.
“There was no collusion. It was an outpouring of the feelings of millions of Hindus whose ambitions had been suppressed for centuries. We have made all of the necessary security measures “he stated
“Despite this, the building was brought down. I can only remark that security does not always match up. Regardless of what occurred, I was a strong Chief Minister. I had stated unequivocally that there would be no termination. Thousands of people would have perished if I had authorised shooting. It was my orders not to shoot.”
He was first elected to the state assembly in 1967, after being born in the town of Atrauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh region.