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Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passes away

Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passes away on Sunday, September 27, 2020, morning at New Delhi. He was 82.
(Former Union Minister, Jaswant Singh | Photo: DD News)

Kohima, September 27 (NEx): The Former Union Minister and one of the founding members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jaswant Singh, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020, after a long illness at Army Hospital (Research and Referral) in New Delhi. He was 82.

Jaswant Singh breathed his last at 06:55 hours on September 27, 2020. He was admitted in Army Hospital (R&R) on June 25, 2020 and treated for Sepsis with Multi-organ Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury. He had a Cardiac arrest yesterday morning. His COVID status is negative, informed Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi.

Major Jaswant Singh was a retired officer of the Indian Army and a former cabinet minister. He was a founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. 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. He was elected on a BJP ticket to the Rajya Sabha five times (1980, 1986, 1998, 1999, 2004) and to the Lok Sabha four times (1990, 1991, 1996, 2009).

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton along with others condoles the demise of Jaswant Singh.

President, Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet said, ‘the demise of veteran soldier, outstanding parliamentarian, exceptional leader and intellectual Shri Jaswant Singh is distressing. He combined many difficult roles with ease and equanimity. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends’ – unquote.

PM Modi, in a tweet said, ‘Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the world of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise. Jaswant Ji fought his illness with immense courage for the last six years,’ – unquote.

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio said, ‘I am sad to know of the demise of Jaswant Singh who made significant contributions to the country holding crucial portfolios during the Prime Ministership of Shri Atal ji. He will also be remembered for his service as a soldier in the Army. Condolences and may his soul RIP’- unquote.

Nagaland Deputy CM, Y Patton said, Saddened by the demise of former Union Minister Shri Jaswant Singh Ji. Be it as a politician or as a member of the armed forces, he made lasting impressions, and today with his death, an era has come to an end. My condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace! – unquote.