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Former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia dies of Covid-19

The state government announced a day of mourning on Thursday and said that all state-run offices will remain shut for the day

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
Updated: May 20, 2021 1:41:19 pm
File photo of former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and Bihar and Haryana governor, Jagannath Pahadia, passed away late on Wednesday night due to Covid-19. He was 89.

The state government announced a day of mourning on Thursday and said that all government offices will remain shut for the day, while the tricolour will fly at half-mast. A meeting of the council of ministers was also held at 1 pm at the CM’s residence in Jaipur to pay respect to Pahadia, who was the first Dalit chief minister of Rajasthan.

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “The news of the demise of former Chief Minister of the state Jagannath Pahadiaji is very sad. Pahadia served the country for a long time as a Chief Minister, as a Governor, and as a Union Minister.”

He added, “Pahadia left us because of Covid, his death has caused me agony. I pray to God to support the grieving family in this difficult time and give peace to the departed soul. From the very beginning he had great affection for me, I have suffered a personal loss due to Pahadia’s departure.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, expressed his condolences. “Saddened by the demise of former Rajasthan CM, Shri Jagannath Pahadia Ji. In his long political and administrative career, he made noteworthy contributions to further social empowerment. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

Pahadia was the chief minister of Rajasthan for about eleven months from June 6, 1980 to July 13, 1981.

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