Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun, who had earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus, died due to the infection in Lucknow on Sunday.
Kamla Rani Varun with UP CM Yogi Adityanath (Photo: Twitter/@kamalranivarun)
Uttar Pradesh Minister for Technical Education Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to Covid-19 infection on Sunday at a hospital in Lucknow.
Kamal Rani, the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus, was 62. She had co-morbidities, including diabetes, hypertension and hyperthyroidism, a senior doctor at the hospital said.
On July 18, the minister tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow. She was later shifted to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the UP minister’s death saying she had dedicated her life to social service and played an important role in strengthening the BJP in the state.
“Very sad with the death of Uttar Pradesh government minister Kamal Rani Varun. Her whole life was dedicated to social service. She played an important in strengthening the BJP in the state. My condolences with her family and supporters in this hour of grief,” PM Modi said in a tweet in Hindi.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 2, 2020
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed grief over the Kamal Rani’s death.
I express my deepest condolences to the family of Cabinet Minister Kamala Rani Varun. She was #COVID19 positive & was receiving treatment at SGPGI Hospital. She was a popular public leader & a social worker. She worked efficiently while being the part of the Cabinet:CM Adityanath pic.twitter.com/s4n5mnVRXq
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2020
Yogi Adityanath said, “Kamal Rani Varun died on Sunday at around 9.30 am. She was an experienced and capable leader. She discharged her responsibilities with competence. She was a dedicated public representative, who was always working for the welfare of deprived and oppressed sections of the society.”
Yogi Adityanath has cancelled his visit to Ayodhya scheduled for the day, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said on Sunday.
Kamal Rani was an MLA from Ghatampur in Kanpur. In the past, she was also a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha twice.
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