AGENCIES, Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s father Anand Bisht died on Monday and will be cremated in Haridwar. However, the CM will not attend the funeral, as he is duty-bound to stay in his state.
His father, Anand, 89, was undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi since March 13. He passed away at 10.44 am on Monday, an official said. He was a former forest ranger.
The chief minister, in a statement, said, “I had the ardent wish to get a glimpse of him at the final moment. However, following a sense of duty towards the state’s 23 crore people during the COVID-19 pandemic, I could not do so. For the success of the lockdown and the strategy to defeat the novel coronavirus pandemic, I will be unable to attend the last rites on April 21,” he said.
An official said the CM was chairing a COVID-19 meeting when he was informed about his father’s demise.