New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun, who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus at a hospital in state capital Lucknow, succumbed to the infection on Sunday. She had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 18. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lockdown: Weekend Restrictions to Continue in The State
The development prompted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to cancel his scheduled visit to Ayodhya today. The Chief Minister was to take stock of preparations for the August 5 event of bhoomi pujan of the Ram Temple in the temple town.
Paying his tributes to the departed minister, CM Yogi said, “I express my deepest condolences to the family of Cabinet Minister Kamala Rani Varun. She was COVID-19 positive and was receiving treatment at SGPGI Hospital. She was a popular public leader and a social worker. She worked efficiently while being the part of the cabinet”.
Notably, the minister passed away just hours after paying tribute to Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who died in Singapore on Saturday, on her Twitter account.
The 62-year-old was the Minister of Technical Education in the Uttar Pradesh government. An MLA from the Ghatampur Assembly constituency, she was also a two-term Lok Sabha MP from 1996-1999.
She was elected back-to-back to 11th and 12th Lok Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh has thus far reported a total of 89,068 cases of COVID-19, including 1,677 deaths. On Saturday, it reported a spike of 3,807 new cases and 47 deaths.