Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Uttarakhand Assembly, Indira Hridayesh passed away on Sunday. In Delhi for a meeting, she suffered a heart attack and breathed her last in Uttarakhand Sadan. Following the news, politicians across party lines have taken to social media platforms to condole her demise.
A part of many Congress governments and a former member of the Uttar Pradesh legislative council, she played a significant role in the politics of both states for four decades. Hridayesh was elected from the Haldwani constituency in the 2012 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election. She served as a minister of Finance in Uttarakhand from 2012 to 2017, Parliamentary Affairs, Higher Education, and Planning in the Government of Uttarakhand under Harish Rawat.
The 80-year-old leader was staying at Uttarakhand Sadan after reaching Delhi for a meeting. According to the state party in charge, Devender Yadav, she died after suffering a heart attack.
"Dr. Indira Hridayesh ji was at the forefront of several community service efforts. She made a mark as an effective legislator and also had rich administrative experience. Saddened by her demise. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti," the PMO India handle quoted PM Modi to tweet.
Calling it a great loss, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat lauded the Congress leader's profound knowledge of parliamentary procedures. He added that having always received the love of an elder sister from her, it was also a personal loss for him.
"Received the sad news about the demise of Dr Indira Hridayesh, a strong link of the Congress party in Uttarakhand. She worked till the end for public service and the Congress family. Her social and political contributions are an inspiration. Condolences to her loves ones," tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Hindi.
(With inputs from agencies)