Uttar Pradesh- After putting up a tough fight against the novel coronavirus, two BJP MLAs from Uttar Pradesh succumbed to this deadly infectious disease on Friday.
Ramesh Diwaker was a first-time BJP MLA from Auraiya (City). He passed away while undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus in Meerut. The district party President Auraiya Shriram Mishra said that Diwaker contracted the deadly infectious virus a few days before finally succumbing to death.
"It is a huge loss for us," said Mishra.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief over the death and extended condolences to the bevered's family members.
The other MLA who passed away was Suresh Srivastava, a senior BJP leader, and an MLA from Lucknow (West) Vidhan Sabha assembly. He breathed his last in Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday evening. As per BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi, he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 for about one week. Other sources confirmed that his wife and other family members were also being treated for the virus.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also the current MP from Lucknow expressed his grief and offered his condolences over Srivastava's death in a tweet on Friday night, "the news of the demise of Shri Suresh Srivastava, MLA from Lucknow city and senior leader of Uttar Pradesh BJP is very painful. His simplicity, simplicity and diligence as a public representative was an example in itself. My condolences to his heartbroken family. ॐ Peace!"
Yogi Adityanath also took to Twitter expressing grief over Srivastava's death.
Uttar Pradesh with 37,238 cases as of Friday cases reported the highest single-day spike with 196 cases of fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. The total cases of COVID in the state now amount to over 10 lakh and the total death toll is 10,737.
Meanwhile, India once again shatters its own previous records as 3.46 Lakh Fresh COVID-19 Cases have been reported in the last 24 hours which takes the nation's total caseload to 1.66 crores. The number of active cases amounts to about 25.43 lakh. 2,624 new COVID-induced fatalities have been reported in the last 24 hours, the highest deaths recorded in a single day so far, taking the total tally of deaths to 1.89 lakh. Today marks the third consecutive day when more than 3 lakh cases have been recorded.