Former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh dies after prolonged illness

Naveen Bharat Editorial

Lucknow: An era of politics dominated by a strong Hindutva narrative in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to an end on Saturday with the death of 89-year-old former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh after a prolonged illness.

Singh’s last assignment was as the Governor of Rajasthan after which he joined the BJP to return to active politics, but not electoral politics.

Three days of state mourning has been declared in Uttar Pradesh. Kalyan Singh’s last rites will be held on 23 August.

The veteran BJP leader was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on July 4 after he was referred from the Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on July 3 on complaints. was admitted. Due to reduced consciousness and kidney infection.

According to the official sources of SGPGIMS, Kalyan Singh passed away due to sepsis and multi-organ failure.

A team of senior consultants from Critical Care Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Endocrinology and Neurology was looking after him at SGPGIMS and UP CM Yogi Adityanath was frequently visiting the veteran leader.

According to SGPIMS director Professor RK Dhiman, Singh remained on life support system and was put on dialysis on Friday. Singh had low blood pressure and was not urinating normally.

After completing his five-year term as the governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh was back in Uttar Pradesh in 2019 and rejoined the BJP, a formal sign of the party’s return to active politics. Kalyan Singh was the first governor of Rajasthan in five decades to complete his five-year term.
in the governor’s office.

In fact, Kalyan Singh increased his political stature within and outside the BJP by leading the temple movement. He emerged as an OBC leader within the party and a Hindutva mascot during the Ram Mandir movement, which made him the clear choice in 1991 as the first BJP chief minister of the most populous state.

The demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya took place on 6 December 1992 during his tenure as the CM of UP, which led to the dismissal of his government in UP and three other BJP governments in different states.

Interestingly, Kalyan Singh was the first BJP leader to be arrested for leading the Ram Mandir movement in the state in 1989, when Mandal politics was at its peak.

While leading the Ram Mandir movement, Kalyan united several smaller OBC castes such as the Dams, Mallahs and Kashyaps in the name of Hindutva for a national cause. Kalyan Singh was named as an accused in the Babri demolition conspiracy case which was investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. When the case was revived in April 2017 on the orders of the Supreme Court, they were dropped because of constitutional exemptions from permanent trial for governors.

Kalyan Singh, who had been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh twice, left the party twice following his differences with the BJP leadership.

Despite his advancing age, Kalyan Singh, a Lodh (OBC), whose son Rajveer is a Lok Sabha MP and grandson Sandeep, a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government, was still considered a prominent backward leader, whose name still haunts his community. was respected.

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