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Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon dies at 85, PM Modi ‘anguished’

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon (85) passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon dies at 85, PM Modi anguished
Bhopal, First Published Jul 21, 2020, 9:21 AM IST
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Bhopal: 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. He, thereafter, developed complications in the liver and kidney and even underwent a surgical procedure. Later, Lalji Tandon was put on a ventilator.

Tandon, 85, has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since June 11.

Tandon’s son Ashutosh Tandon announced the demise of his father on Twitter. “Babuji is no more,” Tandon tweeted.

Earlier, the medical director of Medanta Hospital said that the condition of Tandon, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital here is “now stable and still on critical care ventilator”.

Meanwhile, PM Modi took to Twitter and said that he was anguished by his demise. "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," he 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.

Tandon who was born on April 12, 1935, is survived by his wife Krishna Tandon and three sons. The veteran leader has served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad for two terms and also remained the Leader of House of the Council.

He was elected to the Vidhan Sabha for three terms and was a minister in BJP and BSP -BJP governments. In May 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Lucknow by a margin of over 40,000 votes. In 2018, he was appointed Governor of Bihar and shifted to Madhya Pradesh in the same capacity in 2019.

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