PM Modi, BJP leaders reach Lucknow to pay last respects to former UP CM Kalyan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Lucknow on Sunday to pay his respects to former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who breathed his last Saturday evening.

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath was at the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow to receive the prime minister. The CM visited Kalyan Singh’s residence earlier in the day.

PM Modi reached Kalyan Singh’s residence at Mall Avenue in Lucknow around 11.30 am to pay his respects to the .former UP CM’s mortal remains.

“Shri Kalyan Singh Ji made Jan Kalyan his life Mantra. He worked for the development of UP and the nation. He became synonymous with honesty and good administration,” the PMO’s official Twitter handle said in a tweet on Sunday.

PM Modi paid his last respects to former UP CM Kalyan Singh at the latter’s residence in Lucknow

“Kalyan Singh ji made Jan Kalyan his life mantra. He worked for the development of UP & the nation. He became synonymous with honesty & good administration,”

“We lost a capable leader. We should make maximum efforts by taking his values and resolutions to compensate for him; we should leave no stone unturned in fulfilling his dreams,” PM Modi said after paying homage to Kalyan Singh at his residence.

Senior BJP leaders and top functionaries in the UP government, including deputy chief minister KP Maurya, were present at Kalyan Singh’s residence on Sunday morning. Union defense minister Rajnath Singh and BJP national president JP Nadda also paid homage to the former UP CM at his residence.

On Saturday, PM Modi took to Twitter to condole the passing of Kalyan Singh. “Generations to come will remain forever grateful to Kalyan Singh Ji for his contributions towards India’s cultural regeneration. He was firmly rooted in Indian values and took pride in our centuries old traditions,” the prime minister had tweeted.

Generations to come will remain forever grateful to Kalyan Singh Ji for his contributions towards India’s cultural regeneration. He was firmly rooted in Indian values and took pride in our centuries old traditions.

He also recounted Kalyan Singh’s efforts to uplift people of marginalised sections. He also paid tribute to Kalyan Singh’s works for the empowerment of women and farmers.

“Kalyan Singh Ji gave voice to crores of people belonging to the marginalised sections of society. He made numerous efforts towards the empowerment of farmers, youngsters and women,” PM Modi said.

Kalyan Singh Ji gave voice to crores of people belonging to the marginalised sections of society. He made numerous efforts towards the empowerment of farmers, youngsters and women.

Kalyan Singh (89) was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) on July 4 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a critical condition. He passed away on Saturday due to sepsis and multi-organ failure.

Kalyan Singh taken to Aligarh

Later in the day, Kalyan Singh’s mortal remains were shifted to the BJP office in Lucknow so other people could pay their respects. The body was brought wrapped in the party’s flag, in keeping with the BJP stalwart’s wishes.

Subsequently, the body of Kalyan Singh was taken from Lucknow to Aligarh. His mortal remains reached Aligarh airport at around 5:15 pm. From there, they were taken to Aligarh Stadium for the last glimpse.

Kalyan Singh’s body will be taken to Atrauli on Monday where the last rites will be performed on the banks of the Ganges in Narora in the evening.

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh to be present

Kalyan Singh’s son and BJP MP Rajveer Singh spoke to Aaj Tak and said Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shivraj Chauhan, Anandi Ben Patel and Uma Bharati will also be there on Monday for the BJP stalwart’s final rites

Rajveer Singh said the remains will be taken out from the stadium around 9 am and are expected to reach Bulandshahr at 3 pm. Utter Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath will be present during the ‘yatra’.

An RSS volunteer who went on to join politics, Kalyan Singh became the chief minister of UP twice — June 1991 to December 1992 and September 1997 to November 1999. He was at the helm of affairs in UP when the Babri masjid was demolished in 1992 and was a staunch supporter of the campaign for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya. He was also appointed the Governor of Rajasthan in 2010 and completed his term in 2019.

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