Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal passed away on Tuesday, said the organization’s international working president Praveen Togadia.

89-year-old Ashok Singhal had been admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon after his health deteriorated. Hospital sources had said Singhal’s condition was critical and he was on ventilator support.

“Singhal died at 2.24 PM at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon,” said Togadia.

Singhal, the 89-year-old patron of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, had been admitted to the Medanta Hospital on November 13 following prolonged illness.

Singhal was suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. He was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and he was flown in to the National Capital in an air ambulance.

Due to Singhal’s failing health, the VHP had cancelled its 18-day Chaturved Swahakar Yajna that was slated to start at Delhi’s Birla Mandir from November 16, as well as its Diwali Milan programme.

Singhal’s death was condoled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. Others like Subramanian Swamy joined him: