PM Modi pays last respects to ex-U.P. CM Kalyan Singh in Lucknow

Kalyan Singh died on August 21 due to sepsis and multi-organ failure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 22 paid his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in Lucknow.

Singh, who was ailing for some time, died at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) in Lucknow on August 21 night. He was 89.

Tributes poured in for the prominent backward caste leader with Mr. Modi hailing the two-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s "indelible contribution" towards the development of the State and the "cultural regeneration" of India.

The veteran BJP leader, who also served as the Rajasthan Governor, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the SGPGI in a critical condition on July 4. He died due to sepsis and multi-organ failure, the hospital said.

Uttar Pradesh has announced three-day mourning and a holiday on August 23, when the former Chief Minister’s last rites will be performed.

Singh was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister when the Babri mosque was demolished by a mob of "karsevaks" in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. Along with BJP veterans L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi, he was among the 32 people acquitted in the demolition case in September last year.

A Lodhi leader, Singh was instrumental in the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Uttar Pradesh in the 1990s.

Singh is survived by his wife Ramvati Devi, son Rajveer Singh, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Etah, and grandson Sandeep Singh, who is the minister of State for finance, technical education and medical education in Uttar Pradesh.

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