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:
Ashok Singhal ji was the force behind several noble deeds & social work, which benefitted the poor. He is an inspiration for generations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2015
I was always fortunate to receive Ashok ji’s blessings & guidance. My condolences to his family & countless supporters.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2015
Deeply sorry to hear of Ashokji demise. He was a Hindutva Titan and the founder of our Hindu Renaissance movement. His last wish-Ram Temple— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 17, 2015
Extremely Saddened to hear about the demise of Ashok Singhal ji. May his departed Soul Rest in Peace. My Condolences to his family.— Manohar Lal Khattar (@mlkhattar) November 17, 2015