Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon who was 85 year-old passed away on Tuesday morning, his son Ashutosh Tandon shared on Twitter.
“Babuji nahi rahe (father is no more)”, tweeted Mr. Ashutosh for his father who was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow on June 11.
He was undergoing treatment after there were complaints related to his breathing issues and also difficulty in urination and fever, the Raj Bhavan shared.
“With extreme sadness we inform that that my father Lalji Tandon passed away at 5.35 a.m. on Tuesday,” wrote Mr. Ashutosh Tandon. He also made an appeal to people to pay their respects from their home so that social distancing norms were followed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Born on April 12, 1935, Mr. Lalji Tandon was a member of the Uttar Pradesh State Legislature Council for two terms and a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly thrice. He has served as a Minister in the State’s government. Apart from all these accolades, he was also elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Lucknow constituency in 2009, and later was appointed as the Governor of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
During his absence, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel took additional charge of Madhya Pradesh earlier this month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death on Twitter saying Mr. Lalji Tandon would be remembered for his “untiring efforts” to serve society. “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. Anguished by his passing away,” said Mr. Modi.
Further, he said Mr. Lalji Tandon was well-versed in constitutional matters. “He enjoyed a long and close association with beloved Atalji.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also joined the Twitter bandwagon to remember Mr. Tandon. He said that he was very lucky to have got the opportunity to work with Mr. Lalji Tandon for a long period. “His long public life was dedicated to the service of people and he left behind a unique imprint through his work,” said Mr. Singh.