Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun dies of coronavirus


By: Express News Service | Lucknow |

Updated: August 2, 2020 12: 46: 47 pm

Kamal Rani Varun with UP CM Yogi Adityanath (Source: Twitter/Kamal Rani Varun)

Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun, who had earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus, died due to the infection in Lucknow on Sunday. Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.

Varun, 62, was the minister of Technical Education in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet and MLA from Ghatampur seat in Kanpur Nagar. She was also a member of 11th and 12th Loksabha. The state government has announced state mourning upon her death and lower down the flags in the district and her cremation with police honour. Read in Malayalam

As per sources in the health department, Varun was tested positive of the coronavirus on July 18 at the Civil Hospital and was then admitted at the SGPGI, where the officials said that the condition of minister deteriorated after infection in lungs. “She was put on life support system. Despite the best efforts of doctors, she passed away today,” said an official.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was set to review today preparations for Ram temple Bhoomi puja ceremony on August 5, has cancelled his Ayodhya visit after the news of the minister’s death.

“Kamal Rani Varun respected public aspirations as a minister. As a minister, she made commendable contribution in efficiently discharging departmental functions. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the demise of the minister,” read a statement issued by the state government. On his Twitter handle, Adityanath tweeted, “The news of untimely death of my colleague in the UP government, cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun is saddening. The state today lost a dedicated leader. My condolences are to her family. May the almighty let her rest at their feet. Om Shanti.”

उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार में मेरी सहयोगी, कैबिनेट मंत्री श्रीमती कमल रानी वरुण जी के असमय निधन की सूचना, व्यथित करने वाली है।

प्रदेश ने आज एक समर्पित जननेत्री को खो दिया।

उनके परिजनों के प्रति मेरी संवेदनाएं।

ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को अपने श्री चरणों में स्थान प्रदान करें।

ॐ शांति!

— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 2, 2020

“Her death is an irreparable loss to the society and the government. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while paying a humble tribute, expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” read a tweet from the CM’s office.

Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported 47 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 3,807 fresh infections, taking the total number of cases in the state to 89,608. During a routine meeting at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to make arrangements for additional ventilators at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur and Jhansi Medical College in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. He directed officials to work in a proactive manner to effectively contain the spread of the disease.

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