PM Modi, Rajnath, LG Sinha condole demise
New Delhi, Sep 27: Former union cabinet minister Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He had cardiac arrest this morning. He was 82.
Singh was admitted to Army Hospital Research and Referral hospital on June 24, 2020 and was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a Cardiac arrest this morning.
“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Hon’ble Major Jaswant Singh (Retd), former Cabinet Minister of Government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020,” the Army Hospital Research and Referral said in a statement.
Despite the best efforts of the attending team of specialists to resuscitate him, he could not be revived and passed away today, it said. His COVID status was negative.
Hailing from Rajasthan, Singh had served as India’s foreign minister, defence minister and finance minister. He was an officer in the Army in the 1950s and 60s but he resigned to pursue politics.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed their condolences on the death of veteran BJP leader and former Defence Minister, Jaswant Singh.
In his condolence message, the PM said, ”Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise.
“Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,’ he said.’
The PM conveyed his condolences to Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh.
”Spoke to Manvendra Singh and expressed condolences on the unfortunate demise of Shri Jaswant Singh Ji. True to his nature, Jaswant Ji fought his illness with immense courage for the last six years,” the PM said.
Condoling the death of Jaswant Singh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, ”Deeply pained by the passing away of veteran BJP leader & former Minister, Shri Jaswant Singh ji. He served the nation in several capacities including the charge of Raksha Mantri. He distinguished himself as an effective Minister and Parliamentarian.
Jaswant Singh ji would be remembered for his intellectual capabilities and a stellar record in service to the nation. He also played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his family and supporters in this sad hour. Om Shanti.”
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of veteran politician and former union minister, Jaswant Singh.
In a statement, the Lt Governor said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Jaswant Singh. While serving the country in various important capacities, he worked dedicatedly for the welfare of the people. A statesman par excellence, he will always be remembered for his contribution to the nation. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and well-wishers.”