Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and former Union minister Ajit Singh passed away on Thursday due 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.
He breathed his last today morning.
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.
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.