Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon, who was admitted to a hospital few days ago, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow. He was 85. Lalji Tandon’s son Ashutosh Tandon confirmed the news on twitter.
Lalji Tandon, 85, was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Lucknow on 11 June due to breathing problems and other health issues.
Lalji Tandon was the governor of Bihar between August 2018 and July 2019 when he took over as Madhya Pradesh’s Governor. In 2009, the senior BJP leader and a protege of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, succeeded him as the Lucknow MP.
He began his career from his hometown Lucknow in the 1970s and had also served as a state minister in Uttar Pradesh several times between 1991 and 2003.
Lalji Tandon died at around 5:35 AM at the hospital. The last rites will be performed at 5 this evening in Lucknow.
Modi, Rajnath Singh condole MP Governor Lalji Tandon’s death
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders mourned the death of Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon. He died this morning following complications in his liver and kidney.
“Shri Lalji Tandon will 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,” PM Modi tweeted.
“Shri Lalji Tandon was well-versed with constitutional matters. He enjoyed a long and close association with beloved Atal Ji. In this hour of grief, my condolences to the family and well-wishers of Shri Tandon. Om Shanti,” he added.
Tributes to Lalji Tandon
Defence minister Rajnath Singh also condoled Tandon’s death and remembered his as one of the tallest leaders of Uttar Pradesh.
“The news of the demise of Shri Lalji Tandon, Governor of Madhya Pradesh and a powerful personality of Uttar Pradesh, is very painful. I had the opportunity to work with Tandonji for a long time. His long public life has been devoted to the service of the people and he has left a distinct mark through his work,” Rajnath Singh tweeted in Hindi.
“Tandonji was highly sociable by nature and also very popular among the activists. People of Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh still appreciate the development work done by him in various positions. May God provide patience and strength to the bereaved family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!” he added.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed his grief following the death of Lalji Tandon. In a press statement, Adityanath termed him as a great leader who had immense love for Lucknow in his heart.
“He was the life of Lucknow. In his death the country has lost an able administrator, a popular leader and a committed social worker,” Adityanath said in a tweet.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too on Tuesday condoled the death of Tandon, saying he will always be remembered for his contribution towards the nation’s progress.
“He will be remembered for his contribution in the progress of the nation. Though, he is no more with us, he will be in our memories forever.”
“He guided all of us for a long time and served the nation and the people by presenting an amazing example. He also played an important role in strengthening the BJP in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.