Yogi Adityanath is Not Flouting Lockdown Norms… Even If It’s His Father’s Funeral


Yogi Adityanath is Not Flouting Lockdown Norms… Even If It’s His Father’s Funeral

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is not going to join the list of leaders flouting lockdown rules. He won’t be attending his father’s funeral on April 21. Adityanath lost his father Anand Singh Bisht on Monday. He was 89.

Anand Singh Bisht was undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi. “CM Yogi Adityanath’s father left for his heavenly abode at 10.44 am. Our deepest condolences,” UP Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish K Awasthi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called Yogi Adityanath yesterday, enquiring about his father’s health. Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda met Anand Singh Bisht at AIIMS in Delhi yesterday.

It is learnt that Yogi Adityanath learnt about the passing away of his father in the middle of a review meeting on Covid-19. However, he waited for the meeting to get over and issued a press note later.

Condolences poured in from all quarters, with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla wishing the family strength to bear this grief.

Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav paid tribute to Anand Kumar Bisht, and expressed grief.

BSP Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Maywati also expressed her sorrow. “Let nature give their family the strength to bear this grief,” she said.

Yogi Adityanath has said he will not attend his father’s funeral on April 21 due to the lockdown. The UP CM had received a lot of flak last month after he was seen participating in a pre-dawn religious ceremony in Ayodhya, hours after made a nationwide appeal to strictly observe social distancing during the 21-day lockdown.

“I wanted to be with my father in his last moments. My duty towards the welfare of 23 crore people of Uttar Pradesh amid Covid-19 pandemic kept me away from being with him. I will not be able to attend the last rites of my father on April 21. I request my mother and other relatives to follow lockdown norms during the funeral ceremony,” Adityanath said in a letter today.

The decision to keep national duty over personal life was hailed by users on social media, describing him as the “selfless sanyasi” and “yogi in a true sense”. Condolence messages keep pouring in, as everyone wishes the Chief Minister strength in this time of grief.