Kalyan Singh ji’s death is the end of an era in Indian politics: Jagat Prakash Nadda

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I am deeply saddened and shocked to condole the passing away of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party Shri Kalyan Singh ji, who played an important role in strengthening the Bharatiya Janata Party and taking the organization to every section of the society. He was such a popular-leader in the true sense who had devoted his whole life for the welfare of the society and upliftment of the poor.

Shri Kalyan Singh ji left an indelible mark in the political and social life with his creativity and service. His entire life was devoted to the service of the masses. He always kept the torch of Bharatiya Janata Party lit, never compromising on the principles and kept fighting for the rights of the oppressed, deprived and backward all his life.

Born in a farmer’s family, Shri Singh joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in his childhood. He worked hard in adverse circumstances and got higher education. He was also a teacher. He went from village to village and created awareness among the people and fought for their rights. His death has created a political vacuum not only in Uttar Pradesh but in the entire country which is impossible to fill. The death of Kalyan Singh ji marks the end of an era in Indian politics. The image of “Babu ji” who has trained lakhs of Karyakartas to serve the party will always be etched in our minds and hearts. This is an irreparable loss to the Bharatiya Janata Party. His doors were always open for party workers.

Shri Kalyan Singh was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1967. He was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly continuously from 1967 to 1980. Meanwhile, during the Emergency, he was also imprisoned for about 21 months. After the end of the Emergency, he became the Health Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1977. After the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he became the organization general secretary of Uttar Pradesh. He was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh twice, from 24 June 1991 to 6 December 1992 and from 21 September 1997 to 12 November 1999. He was the first Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh. He also successfully played his role as the Governor of Rajasthan. The prestige he earned in his long political and social life was very high.

The coming generations will always be indebted to Shri Kalyan Singh ji for his invaluable contribution in the cultural upliftment of India. He had immense reverence in the great heritage and traditions of India. His role in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi movement was also noteworthy. He made constant efforts for the empowerment of farmers, downtrodden, oppressed, deprived, backward, youth and women.

In this hour of grief, on behalf of myself and party karyakarts, I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Shri Kalyan Singh ji and his associates. Also, I pay my humble tributes by praying to God to grant peace to the departed soul and patience and courage to the bereaved family. Om Shanti.