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Former Union minister Jaswant Singh no more


Former Union minister Jaswant Singh on Sunday breathed his last following a long spell of illness. He was 82.

Singh, a former Army officer, had been ill after a fall at his home in August 2014 and was admitted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital. He had been in and out of the hospital and was admitted again in June this year.

He was one of India’s longest serving parliamentarians, having been a member of one or the other house almost continuously between 1980 and 2014.

His funeral will take place later today at Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

What did the hospital say?

The Army Research and Referral Hospital said: “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Hon’ble Major Jaswant Singh (Retd), former Cabinet Minister of Government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020. He was admitted on 25 Jun 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd). He had a cardiac arrest this morning.”

Despite the best efforts of the attending team of specialists to resuscitate him, he could not be revived and passed away, it added.

Condolences pour in for Jaswant Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders paid tributes to Singh. PM Modi said Jaswant Singh served India diligently and will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society.

PM Narendra Modi said in a tweet, “Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, during Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise.”

He expressed condolences to his family and supporters. He said in another tweet, “Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.”

Jaswant Singh was a retired officer of the Indian Army and veteran BJP leader.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote in his twitter post, “Shri Jaswant Singh ji would be remembered for his intellectual capabilities and stellar record in service to the nation. He also played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his family and supporters in this sad hour. Om Shanti.”

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday expressed grief over the death of former Union minister Jaswant Singh and said his contribution towards the country’s development will always be remembered.


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