Former Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh passed away due to COVID-19 on Thursday morning at a hospital in Gurugram. He was 86.

Among India’s senior-most politicians, Singh was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 20. His son, former Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary wrote on Twitter, “He battled his condition till the very end and breathed his last today morning, the 6th of May, 2021.”

Remembering his father, he said, “Throughout his life journey, Chaudhary Sahib was loved and respected by many. He, in turn cherished this bond with all of you and gave his best consideration and efforts for your welfare.”

Ajit Singh was the son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. He served as the MP from Baghpat for seven terms and also held the office as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation.

Expressing grief at the death of Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he was always dedicated to the welfare of farmers.

Modi said he deftly handled many responsibilities at the Centre.

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