New Delhi: CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury's son died on Thursday due to Covid-19 while he was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Gurugram.
"It is with great sadness that I have to inform that I lost my elder son, Ashish Yechury to Covid-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and who treated him - doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and innumerable others who stood by us," the senior leader said in a tweet.
Ashish Yechury was working with a newspaper and was admitted to the hospital after Covid complications. He was recovering at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, people close to the family told news agency PTI, while adding that his sudden death at 5.30 am after a two-week battle with the disease was a shock. He studied at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and also worked in several publications, in Delhi, Pune and more.
Leaders from across the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and others conveyed their condolences.
PM Modi on Twitter wrote, “Condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury Ji and his family on the tragic and untimely demise of his son, Ashish. Om Shanti.”
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O Brien tweeted: "Condolences, Mr Yechury. To you and the family."
Congress leader, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also on her Twitter handle wrote, “My deepest condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury and his family. There are no words at a time like this, only prayers. May you have courage.”
EX-DELHI MINISTER AK WALIA PASSES AWAY
Former Delhi Minister AK Walia passed away due to Covid-19 on Thursday. Walia was most important minister in Sheila Dikshit-led government and held several portfolios. A four-term MLA, Walia represented Geeta Colony constituency. The Delhi Congress has described his death as a big loss to the party. He represented Geeta Colony assembly seat for the first three terms and later won from Laxmi Nagar as Geeta Colony ceased to be an assembly seat after delimitation.
He held an MBBS degree and owns hospital in East Delhi. As minister he held several portfolios including health and urban development in the Congress government.