Lucknow, April 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will not take part in the last rites of his father Anand Singh Bisht on Tuesday. According to a tweet by ANI, the Chief Minister said he will not take part in the last rites to ensure enforcement of lockdown and to defeat coronavirus pandemic in the state. Earlier in the day, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi issued a statement saying, "Honourable CM's father left for his heavenly abode at 10.44 am. Our deepest condolences".
Adityanath's father Anand Singh Bisht died on Monday at Delhi AIIMS. Following his demise, condolences poured from across the nation. Governor Anandiben Patel offered her condolences to the departed soul and prayers for the family. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya, in a tweet, expressed grief at the demise and said that may God give strength to the family to bear the loss.
Here's the tweet:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says he will not take part in the last rites of his father tomorrow, to ensure enforcement of lockdown and to defeat coronavirus pandemic in the state. pic.twitter.com/PPjy9xxLgB
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 20, 2020
Several ministers of Uttar Pradesh including Satish Mahana, Siddhartha Nath Singh, Suresh Rana, Satish Dwivedi, Rajendra Pratap Singh, Brijesh Pathak offered condolences to the bereaved family.
The CM's father was undergoing treatment at the gastroenterology department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, reports said. Hospital authorities claimed that he was admitted after his health deteriorated and his condition was critical.
On Sunday, Adityanath held a meeting through video conferencing with all District Magistrates and police chiefs and announced that lockdown will not be lifted in 19 districts that have reported more than 10 COVID-19 cases. Adityanath had said that in the remaining districts, the District Magistrates will take a decision whether or not to allow relaxation in lockdown rules, adding that, no relaxation will be permitted in the sealed hotspots.
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