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Mridula Sinha, first woman Governor of Goa, passes away at 77

A renowned Hindi writer, Sinha was also the former president of BJP Mahila Morcha and also the former chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB), Ministry of Human Resource Development.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2020 1:16:32 am
Mridula Sinha was 77.

Former Goa Governor and BJP leader Mridula Sinha died at AIIMS in Delhi Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi were among the prominent personalities to pay tribute to the first woman Governor of Goa.

A native of Muzaffarpur, Sinha (77) will be remembered for starting cultural events called ‘chaand ke saath’ in the lawns of Governor House. She had also opened a cattle shed inside the Raj Bhawan. Her speeches praised Goan mangoes which she would send to dignitaries across the country.

Mridula Sinha during the Oath taking ceremony of incumbent Goa CM Pramod Sawant. (Express archive)

PM Modi tweeted, “Smt Mridula Sinhaji will be remembered for her efforts towards public service. She was also a proficient writer, making extensive contributions to the world of literature as well as culture. Anguished by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

 

“It is really shocking to learn about the sad demise of Smt Mridula Sinha ji, former Governor of Goa. She was a tall leader with extensive work at grassroots yet had an immense passion for art and literature,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted.

From left to right: Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, former Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)

A teacher and poet, Sinha joined the BJP in 1981, holding senior posts till her last stint as Governor of Goa. She was married to Dr Ram Kripal Sinha, a college lecturer in Muzaffarpur, who later served as a Cabinet minister in Bihar.

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