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Updated on: Monday, August 23, 2021, 07:22 PM IST

In pics: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh cremated, top leaders attend funeral

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs rituals during the cremation of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Ganga Ghat, Narora, in Bulandshahr on Monday. | ANI

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs rituals during the cremation of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Ganga Ghat, Narora, in Bulandshahr on Monday. | ANI

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Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh was cremated Monday with senior leaders, party workers and a large number of local people congregating at Bansi Ghat in Bulandshahr's Narora town for the last rites.

Rajveer Singh lit his father's pyre at the funeral attended by senior BJP leaders, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

The two-time CM, who had also been the Rajasthan Governor, died at a Lucknow hospital on Saturday after spending weeks in the ICU.

A Hindutva icon, Singh was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister when 'Kar Sevaks" demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The others present at the cremation ground were UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP leader Uma Bharti, besides a number of state ministers, BJP workers and local people, officials said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs rituals during the cremation of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Ganga Ghat, Narora, in Bulandshahr on Monday. | ANI

efence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with BJP State President Swatantra Dev Singh during paying last respect to former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Ganga Ghat, Narora, in Bulandshahr on Monday. | ANI

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid a wreath to pay his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Atrauli, in Aligarh on Monday. | ANI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid a wreath to pay his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Atrauli, in Aligarh on Monday. | ANI

VK Singh Minister of State for Civil Aviation pays his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh, at Atrauli, in Aligarh on Monday. | ANI

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP State President Swatantra Dev Singh and Union Minister Smriti Irani during the cremation of former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Ganga Ghat | ANI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, at Atrauli, in Aligarh on Monday. | ANI

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays his last respects to former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh before his cremation at Narora, in Bulandshahr on Monday. | ANI

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From Aligarh, the late BJP leader's body was first taken to Atrauli, near his native village Madholi, and was kept there for 'darshan', before being taken to Narora.

In Atrauli, Singh's mortal remains were kept in the PWD Guest House, where various dignitaries, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh paid their tributes.

A Lodhi leader, Kalyan Singh was instrumental in the rise of the BJP to power in Uttar Pradesh in the 1990s.

He is survived by his wife Ramvati Devi, son Rajveer Singh, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Etah, and grandson Sandeep Singh, who is the minister of state for finance, technical education and medical education in Uttar Pradesh.

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Published on: Monday, August 23, 2021, 07:22 PM IST
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