Kalyan Singh cremated, prime leaders attend funeral

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh was cremated with full state honours on Monday at Bansi Ghat in Bulandshahr’s Narora city, the place senior BJP leaders and a lot of folks congregated for the final rites.

Etah Lok Sabha MP Rajveer Singh lit his father’s pyre on the funeral attended by senior BJP leaders, together with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

Rajveer Singh was assisted by his son Sandeep Singh, a minister within the UP authorities.

The two-time CM, who had additionally been the Rajasthan Governor, died at a Lucknow hospital on Saturday after extended sickness.

A Hindutva icon and an OBC Lodh caste chief, Singh was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister when “Kar Sevaks” demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The others current on the cremation floor have been UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP chief Uma Bharti, moreover a lot of state ministers, BJP staff and native folks.

Singh was cremated with full state honours after his mortal stays have been introduced right here from Ahilya Bai Holkar stadium in Aligarh, the place they have been stored for the folks to pay their final respect.

From Aligarh, the late BJP chief’s physique was first taken to Atrauli, near his native village Madholi, and was stored there for ‘darshan’, earlier than being taken to Narora.

In Atrauli, Singh’s mortal stays have been stored within the PWD Guest House, the place numerous dignitaries, together with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh paid their tributes.

Kalyan Singh was instrumental within the rise of the BJP to energy in Uttar Pradesh within the 1990s.

He is survived by his spouse Ramvati Devi, son Rajveer Singh and grandson Sandeep Singh, who’s the minister of state for finance, technical schooling and medical schooling in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier within the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to Kalyan Singh in Aligarh, calling his dying a “big loss” for the occasion.

“With the death of Kalyan Singhji, the BJP has lost a stalwart. It is a big loss for the party. The void created by Kalyan Singh’s death is difficult to fill for a long time,” Shah advised reporters.

“With his death, deprived, downtrodden and backwards have lost their well-wisher. He was a big leader of the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi andolan’. For this, he did not hesitate in leaving the government. I spoke to him when the ‘shilanyas’ was done and ‘Babuji’ said his life’s target was achieved with it,” Shah stated.

Shah additional stated the previous UP CM labored for the event of the state and devoted his life for the poor and wished Uttar Pradesh to turn out to be one of the best state within the nation.

“His life will encourage party workers as to how he reached the top position despite coming from a poor family,” the Union minister stated.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh authorities on Monday introduced {that a} highway in six districts, together with Lucknow and Ayodhya, might be named after Kalyan Singh.

The Public Works Department (PWD) will put together a proposal for this, it stated.

“One PWD main road each in Ayodhya, Lucknow, Aligarh, Etah, Bulandshahr and Prayagraj will be named after Kalyan Singh,” Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya stated in Lucknow.

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