Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon died on Tuesday, his son Ashutosh said. He was 85.
Tandon was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow city, where he was admitted on June 11. He had trouble breathing and other health problems.
Tandon has served as the governor of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. He also represented Lucknow Parliamentary seat in Lok Sabha and had been a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government.
His son, who is also a state minister in Uttar Pradesh, tweeted: “Father is no more”. He added that the last rites will be performed at the Gulala Ghat Chowk in the evening, requesting the public to pay their respects from home due to the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the news. “Shri Lalji Tandon will be remembered for his untiring efforts to serve society,” he tweeted. “He played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. He made a mark as an effective administrator, always giving importance of public welfare.”
The prime minister added that Tandon was well-versed with constitutional matters. “He enjoyed a long and close association with beloved Atal Ji. In this hour of grief, my condolences to the family and well-wishers of Shri Tandon,” Modi said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Tandon’s death caused an “irreparable loss to the society”, reported PTI. Kumar called Tandon a popular leader, efficient administrator and a renowned educationist. Several other leaders also condoled the veteran politician’s death.