The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest threats the human race has ever faced. Over a million people across the world have succumbed to the deadly disease across the globe. In India, over 1,30,000 people have died due to the coronavirus and this included many well-known personalities. Many politicians passed away in the last few months after being infected by the virus.
Here is a list of 10 politicians who were died due to COVID-19 or COVID-19 related complications.
The former chief minister of Assam lost the battle against coronavirus on November 23. The 84-year-old Congress veteran, who was Assam’s longest-serving CM, passed away due to multiple organ failure at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) a few days ago. The three-time Assam chief died after a four-month battle with COVID-19 and subsequent complications.
The former President of India and Congress stalwart Pranab Mukherjee passed away in August at Army’s R&R Hospital in Delhi. He underwent brain surgery and went into a coma. He died around a week after the surgery. Mukherjee had tested positive for COVID-19 and his lung function had been severely affected.
The senior Congress leader and a Gandhi family loyalist, Ahmed Patel died on Wednesday at the age of 71. He had tested positive for COVID-19 around a month back, as per a statement released by his son Faisal Patel. Patel passed away due to multiple organ failure.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lal Ji Tandon died in July earlier this year at the age of 85. He had been admitted to a hospital in Lucknow for about a month after he complained of breathing problems and fever. Tandon was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was a close confidant of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Southern politics faced a huge loss with the passing away of Minister of state for railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi in September. The 65-year-old died at the AIIMS Trauma Centre in New Delhi and became the first Union minister to have died of coronavirus.
Balli Durga Prasad Rao
Balli Durga Prasad Rao, Lok Sabha MP from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, died due to comorbidities after testing positive for coronavirus at the age of 64. He breathed his last at a Chennai hospital. He was a member of the YSRCP led by Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Vasanthakumar was the first sitting MP in India to succumb to the virus. The Congress MP from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu was admitted to the Apollo hospital in Chennai. He had contracted pneumonia and was on ventilator support. He breathed his last on August 28.
Kamal Rani Varun
She was the Minister of Technical Education in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The 62-year-old died in the first week of August due to comorbidities like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypothyroidism after contracting the novel coronavirus.
Another UP minister Chetan Chauhan also died in August after he had tested positive for COVID-19. Before becoming a politician, Chauhan was a cricketer well-known for his exploits as an opener for Team India. He was initially admitted to a hospital in Lucknow and was transferred to Gurgaon when his condition worsened. The 73-year-old developed kidney-related ailments after being infected by the virus.
The Trinamool MLA from Egra in East Midnapore, West Bengal, developed kidney complications after COVID-19 diagnosis leading to his death at the age of 76. He was a three-time MLA.