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Kalyan Singh, Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Dies At 89


Kalyan Singh, Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Dies At 89

Born in 1932, Kalyan Singh was first elected to the Uttar Pradesh legislative Assembly in 1967.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh died today in Lucknow due to sepsis and multi-organ failure. He was 89.

The senior BJP leader, who was also a two-time member of Parliament, had been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) since July 4 after he was admitted there with an infection and reduced consciousness level.

On Friday, his condition deteriorated, following which he was placed on dialysis.

Earlier, a panel of experts from the hospital's nephrology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, and neuro-otology departments had been formed to attend to the former Rajasthan Governor. On July 23, hospital authorities said his condition was critical and he was on life support.

A few days before that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted saying "countless people across India are praying for the speedy recovery of Kalyan Singh Ji".

The senior politician was first admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital before being shifted to SGPGIMS.

Mr Singh was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, twice -- June 1991 to December 1992 and September 1997 to November 1999.

His first term is remembered for the demolition of the long-disputed Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. This incident sent shock waves across the country and is widely viewed as a milestone in modern India's socio-political history and in the rise of his party, the BJP.

Mr Singh had resigned as Chief Minister following the demolition while the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao's government dismissed the Uttar Pradesh government on the same day.

Born in Atrauli town of Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district, he was first elected to the state legislature in 1967.

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August 21, 2021, 5:02 pm

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