Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief and former Union minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh passed away on Thursday of coronavirus disease. He was 82.
Singh was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurugram after he contracted Covid-19 infection. His condition deteriorated due to a lung infection and he died on Thursday.
Singh’s son and former MP Jayant Chaudhary wrote on Twitter. “Chaudhary Ajit Singh ji was diagnosed as Covid positive on April 20. He battled his condition till the very end and breathed his last today morning, he said.
From Prime Narendra Modi to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, several dignitaries took to social media to share condolence messages on Singh’s demise.
Saddened by his demise, PM Modi said, Singh was always devoted to the interests of the farmers. He efficiently discharged the responsibilities of several departments at the center. My condolences to his family and fans in this hour of mourning. om Shanti!, the prime minister said in a tweet.
In his condolence message, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote in Hindi, the news of Chaudhary Ajit Singh’s death is very painful. In his long public life, he was always connected with the public and the land. At the same time, they also struggled for the interests of farmers, laborers and other weaker sections. My condolences to his heartbroken family and supporters. Peace!, he tweeted.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote, The news of the untimely demise of Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh ji is sad. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Singh, son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, was a seven-time MP from Baghpat. He was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1986. His party RLD wields influence in Jat-dominated western Uttar Pradesh.
Singh was inducted as the Union minister of industry in the VP Singh government. He joined the PV Narasimha Rao government as food minister but resigned from the Congress in 1996. Later, he joined the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government as agriculture minister in 2001. He also served as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation.