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Coronavirus: Indian minister Kamal Rani dies of Covid-19 complications, leaders offer condolences

PTI/Uttar Pradesh
Filed on August 2, 2020
Kamal Rani, Covid-19 complications, Indian minister dies, Coronavirus

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Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.

Uttar Pradesh's Cabinet minister for Technical Education Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.

On July 18, the minister tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Uttar Pradesh. She was later shifted to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Meanwhile, leaders have expressed grief over the minister's death.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, "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."

In a condolence message issued by on Sunday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "Kamal Rani Varun died on Sunday at around 9.30am. 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."

Currently, Kamal Rani was MLA from Ghatampur in Kanpur. In the past, she was also a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha twice.  

Meanwhile, chief minister Adityanath has cancelled his visit to Ayodhya scheduled for the day, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said on Sunday.  

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