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Former Union minister Ajit Singh succumbs to COVID-19

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Former Union minister and veteran politician Ajit Singh on Thursday breathed his last at a private hospital in Gurugram. He was 82 and died due to COVID-19. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief’s son Jayant Chaudhary announced the news of his demise.

Singh had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 20 and he was admitted to the hospital after his condition deteriorated due to a lung infection on Tuesday.

Statement by Ajit Singh’s family

In a statement on social media, Ajit Singh’s family said, “Chaudhary Ajit Singh ji was diagnosed as COVID positive on April 20. He battled his condition till the very end and breathed his last today morning, May 6, 2021.”

“Throughout his life journey, Chaudhary sahib was loved and respected by many. He, in turn, cherished this bond with all of you and gave his best consideration and efforts for your welfare.”

“As our nation confronts the horrific pandemic, it is our humble request to all those who wish to pay their respects to please stay at home as far as possible. We must observe all safety protocols to keep ourselves and everyone around us healthy and safe. This would be the best way to honour Chaudhary sahib as well as those COVID warriors who are working day and night to protect us.”

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“We pray for solace for all those families that have been ravaged by this brutal disease.”

Ajit Singh career

The son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, Chaudhary Ajit Singh served as a Member of Parliament for eight terms, including one term as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He also served as the Union minister four times.

Ajit Singh worked 15 years in the computer industry in the United States before he returned to the country to inherit the political fief of his father in the prosperous western Uttar Pradesh. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ajit Singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1986.

The seven-time member of Lok Sabha, Ajit Singh, represented the family’s pocket borough of Baghpat in the Lower House of Parliament. His party, RLD, wields influence in Jat-dominated western Uttar Pradesh.

Ajit Singh forayed from Lok Dal to Congress and allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi Party. Perceived as a fair-weather friend or an opportunist by his critics, Ajit Singh switched alliances to remain on the winning side.

Condolences pour in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind along with a host of Union ministers and politicians condoled the death of Singh.

PM Modi said, “The death of former Union Minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh ji is extremely sad. He was always devoted to the interests of farmers.”

President Ram Nath Kovind said, “He always raised his voice for farmers. As a public representative and a minister, he left a mark on the politics of the country. My condolences to his family and well-wishers.”

 

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