Former cabinet minister Jaswant Singh passed away this morning at the age of 82. He was admitted in hospital on 25 June & was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome. The Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi confirmed that had a cardiac arrest this morning. His COVID status is negative.
Jaswant Singh, who was from Rajasthan, had served as India’s foreign minister, defence minister and finance minister. Mr Singh, who studied in Ajmer’s Mayo College, was an officer in the Indian Army in the 1950s and 60s, but he later resigned to pursue a career in politics. He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in the country.
“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Honourable Major Jaswant Singh (Retired), former Cabinet Minister of government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020.
“He was admitted on 25 Jun 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a Cardiac arrest this morning,” a statement from the hospital said.
“Despite the best efforts of the attending team of specialists to resuscitate him, he could not be revived and passed away at 0655 hours on 27 Sep 2020. His COVID status is negative,” it further said.
PM Modi expressed condolences on Twitter and said, “Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence, and external affairs. Saddened by his demise.
Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2020