Madhya Pradesh Governor dies, PM and other leadres condole

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon passed away after a prolonged illness. Tandon was admitted to the hospital after complaining of breathing problems, difficulty in urination and fever.

Lalji Tandon, 85, was admitted to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow since last month due to breathing problems and other health issues. He died on Tuesday morning, his son Ashutosh Tandon said.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “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.”

Lal Ji 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. His son Ashutosh Tandon, who is also a state minister in Uttar Pradesh, tweeted this morning in Hindi: “Father is no more”.

Tandon was first admitted to Lucknow’s Medanta Hospital on June 11 following complaints of fever and difficulty in urination. Later, he was diagnosed with liver and urine infection. His health condition worsened on July 16, after which he was put on ventilator support.

Doctors had said that Tandon’s condition was deteriorating as his lungs, kidney and liver were not functioning properly.

BSP president Mayawati also condoled the demise of Lalji Tandon, saying he was a very cultured and social person.

It was in August 2003, when Mayawati as the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had tied ‘Rakhi’ on the occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ to Lalji Tandon, who was then the state housing and urban development minister.