Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh Dies At 89

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh died on Saturday in Lucknow due to sepsis and multi-organ failure. He was 89. The senior BJP leader had been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in the Uttar Pradesh capital since July 4. On Friday, his condition deteriorated, following which he was placed on dialysis.

The Life of Kalyan Singh

Kalyan Singh was born on April 1, 1928 in Lucknow. He is survived by his wife Smt Veena Singh and four children, besides two grandchildren. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh belonged to the Indian National Lok Dal. In the 1990s, Kalyan Singh served as the leader of opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly. He was also a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government in the state during the mid-1980s. Kalyan Singh's political career began in 1969. In 1971, he was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time. Kalyan Singh went on to win all eight Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 1970s and 1980s. The BJP leader became chief minister of the state for the first time in 1989.

 

His Contribution to the Society

Kalyan Singh was a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was in-charge of Uttar Pradesh between March and June 1989, when Indira Gandhi was the prime minister. He was sworn in as the state chief minister after Ms. Gandhi resigned as the chief minister in June 1988. Kalyan Singh was the president of the erstwhile Barabanki district committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He had resigned as the Chief Minister in January 1990, following which Kalyan Singh, as the then Governor of Rajasthan, took over the reins of the state. He remained the Governor of Rajasthan until January 1996. He was appointed the Governor of Odisha in 1996, and was later promoted as the Governor of Bihar from 2001 to 2004. In 2007, he was appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan again.

 

Passing Away

The mortal remains of Kalyan Singh will be kept at the gate of his 10, Circular Road bungalow for public viewing from 2.30 pm onwards, media reports said. Haven't Seen The Lucknow After 40 Years "I hadn't seen the city after 40 years. But, now that I have returned, I will have to live here," he was quoted as saying by ANI. Kalyan Singh became the Governor of Rajasthan in January 1993. He is known to have played a key role in the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Kalyan Singh served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from December 1, 1978, to May 28, 1980, and again from March 9, 1984, to December 7, 1985. He was imprisoned under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act in connection with the Deoria-Farrukhabad violence of 1985.

 

About the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS)

India's first government medical college was established in Delhi in 1956, and soon thereafter, in PGI Chandigarh. The institute offers a wide range of services in medical, nursing, paramedical and other allied sciences. It also houses a university and research facility with state-of-the-art equipment. A large number of patients come from far-flung areas and far-away corners of the country to the capital to avail healthcare services. In 2018, it received more than 18,000 patients. With the expansion of the institute, there is now a demand for its expansion to accommodate the growing number of patients. Kalyan Singh was born in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district on January 25, 1929.

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