Ajit Singh, former union minister and RLD chief, dies of Covid-19

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Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief and former union minister passed away on Thursday after losing battle to Covid-19. File photo.

Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief and former union minister passed away on Thursday after losing battle to Covid-19, his son Jayant Chaudhary confirmed on Twitter. He was 82.

Singh was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurugram after been diagnosed with the infection. He had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 20.

“Chaudhary Ajit Singh ji was diagnosed as Covid+ on April 20. He battled his condition till the very end and breathed his last today morning, the 6th of May, 2021. Throughout his life journey, Chaudhary Sahib was loved and respected by many. He, in turn, cherished this bond with all of you and gave his best consideration and efforts for our welfare,” his family said in a statement.

Seven-time Member of Parliament

Ajit Singh was a seven-time Member of Parliament from Baghpat and served as Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Agriculture, and Food Processing Industries in different governments. He had served in the governments of VP Singh, PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.

Ajit Singh, the son of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, quit the computer industry to return to India and join politics. He became a Rajya Sabha member in 1986.

Expressing grief, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “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 in this hour of mourning.” Many political leaders, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, also expressed their condolences.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too expressed his condolences in a tweet. The RLD does not have any seats in the present Lok Sabha having lost in all the three seats it contested in the 2019 general elections.

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