JAIPUR: Veteran Congress leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Jagannath Pahadia has died due to COVID-19 at the age of 89.
The chief minister of Rajasthan in 1980-81 and also a former governor of Haryana and Bihar, Pahadia died on Wednesday.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he was very shocked by the demise.
Humble tributes to freedom fighter, writer & social reformer Bipin Chandra Pal ji on his death anniversary. As one of the “Lal Bal Pal” triumvirate, his work, struggle & sacrifice for the cause of independence shall always be remembered.
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“Pahadia left us because of COVID. I am very shocked by his demise. He had a lot of affection for me right from the beginning, Gehlot tweeted.
He said Pahadia’s death is a personal loss for him.
The state government has announced a one-day mourning on Thursday during which government offices will be closed and the national flag will fly at half-mast.
A cabinet meeting will also be held at 12 noon on Thursday to pay condolences to Pahadia, whose funeral will be held with state honour the same day.
Source: Press Trust of India