Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s father, Anand Singh Bisht, died this morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. The worst part was that the CM couldn’t be by his side when he was counting his last breathes.
Mr. Bisht was admitted at the AIIMS a month ago owing to kidney problems and died at 10:44 AM on April 20.
“Honourable CM’s father left for his heavenly abode at 10.44 am. Our deepest condolences,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Uttar Pradesh government Awanish Awasthi said in a statement.
CM Adtiyanath also said that he wouldn’t be able to attend the last rites of the father scheduled for tomorrow due to the fight against coronavirus.
“I am very saddened to hear the news of my father’s demise. My father has always taught me to be faithful, hardworking and selflessly. I wanted to be with him during his final moments, but could not due to my responsibility to protect Uttar Pradesh’s 23 crore people. I will not be able to attend the funeral programme tomorrow due to the fight against coronavirus. I appeal to my mother and my relatives to follow the lockdown protocols while attending the funeral. I will visit after the lockdown ends,” Yogi Adityanath said in a statement.
His father’s body will be taken to Pauri village in Uttrakhand for the last rites.
Yogi Adityanath received the news of his father’s death during a meeting on the COVID-19 crisis, a senior bureaucrat tweeted.
Many politicians came forward to express their condolences on the demise of Mr. Bisht.