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Uttar Pradesh: Minister Vijay Kashyap dies of COVID-19

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Uttar Pradesh’s revenue and flood control minister Vijay Kashyap on Tuesday succumbed to COVID-19 at a private hospital in Gurgaon. He was 56.

Kashyap, an MLA from Muzaffarnagar’s Charthawal Assembly constituency, is the third minister in UP who succumbed to the deadly virus. In 2020, two ministers—Kamal Rani Varun and Chetan Chauhan had died due to the viral infection and associated health complications.

Notably, Kashyap is the fifth BJP legislator who died in the second wave of COVID-19. Earlier, Salon legislator Dal Bahadur Kori, Kesar Singh Gangwar (Nawabganj), Ramesh Diwakar (Auraiya) and Suresh Kumar Srivastava (Lucknow West) had succumbed to the infection.

Condolences pour in

Condolences poured in after news of the minister’s death spread. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and a host of BJP leaders expressed their grief over the untimely death of Kashyap.

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In a tweet in Hindi, PM Modi said, “The death of BJP leader and minister in the Uttar Pradesh government Vijay Kashyap ji is very saddening. He was a leader connected to the grassroots and was always devoted to public interest works. My condolences to his family and supporters in this moment of grief. Om Shanti!”

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “Kashyap, an MLA from Charthawal, was a popular leader who discharged his duties diligently as a minister. In his death, people have lost their true well-wisher.”.

BJP’s national vice-president Radha Mohan Singh and senior leaders of the party also condoled the minister’s death, according to a release issued by the party.

COVID-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is one of the worst-affected states due to COVID-19. Over 16.37 lakh people have tested positive for the viral infection so far, whereas 18,072 people died due to it. The state has reported 8,673 COVID-19 cases and 255 deaths on Tuesday.

 

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