UP Minister and former cricketer Chetan Chauhan passes away

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday at the age of 73 from COVID-19. He was kept on a ventilator for nearly 36 hours.

Chauhan was currently serving as the Minister of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards and Civil Security in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. He is survived by his wife and son.

Chauhan was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow on July 12 after being tested positive for COVID-19. Later he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon after his health deteriorated. On Friday he was put on ventilator support after multi-organ failure.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences on the death of Chauhan, “Sad to hear that UP cabinet minister Shri Chetan Chauhan is no more. A cricketer par excellence, Shri Chauhan was a down to earth politician and an outstanding parliamentarian. Condolences to his family, friends and countless fans,” President said in a tweet.

PM Modi also expressed his condolences on the demise of Chetan Chauhan, “Shri Chetan Chauhan Ji distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. He made effective contributions to public service and strengthening the BJP in UP. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” PM tweeted.