She is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She served as Minister of Technical Education.
Lucknow| 62-year-old Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun, who had earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus, succumbed to the infectious disease n Lucknow this morning.
The minister took her last breath at 9:30 AM at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, the government said in a statement. She is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She served as Minister of Technical Education.
After she tested positive for coronavirus on July 18, she was admitted to the hospital.
“She had comorbidities in the form of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypothyroidism. She had bilateral pneumonia at admission and was shifted to ICU on the day of admission itself because of high oxygen requirement,” Director SGPGI, Lucknow, Dr RK Dhiman said.
President Ramnath Kovind also took to Twitter to express grief on her demise. He said, “Saddened by the untimely demise of Smt Kamal Rani Varun, Cabinet Minister in the Uttar Pradesh Government. Well respected for serving people at the grassroots, she had also served as an MP in the Lok Sabha twice. My condolences to her family and followers.”
Stressing that she played an important role in strengthening the BJP in the state, PM Modi tweeted, “Sad to hear about the death of Kamal Rani Varunji, Minister in Uttar Pradesh Government. Her entire life was devoted to social service. She played an important role in strengthening the BJP in the state. My condolences are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!”
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also offered his condolences.
“Kamal Rani Varun died on Sunday at around 9.30 am. She was an experienced and capable leader. She discharged her responsibilities with competence. She was a dedicated public representative, who was always working for the welfare of deprived and oppressed sections of the society,” he said.