Surendra Singh Jeena, BJP MLA from Almora district of Uttarakhand, was undergoing treatment for coronavirus. He died early on Thursday at a Delhi hospital. Jeena was shifted to Delhi’s Sir Gangaram Hospital a few days ago when his condition deteriorated.
Offering condolences to his family, BJP state president Bansidhar Bhagat termed him a ‘very energetic and young’ party member and MLA of the party.
“He was always active in organization activities. Due to his dynamic personality, he was popular among all sections of the society. His passing away has left a void...Our prayers are with his family members,” said Bhagat.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also offered his condolences to Jeena’s family through social media. He said, “A few weeks ago, I had visited him when his wife passed away. He was one of the few active MLAs in the assembly and always worked for the development of his constituency. Our prayers are with his family and we all stand with them at this moment of grief.”
Following his demise, BJP has cancelled its Diwali celebrations in the state. Jeena’s wife had died only recently following a heart attack.
Earlier, state party chief Bhagat and three Cabinet ministers; Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat and Madan Kaushik were also infected with Covid-19, but they all recovered.