BJP’s Moradabad candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar dies a day after polling

Voting in Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh took place in the first phase

Updated - April 20, 2024 11:30 pm IST

Published - April 20, 2024 09:15 pm IST - Lucknow

File photo, BJP candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh arrives to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections, in Moradabad. Singh on Saturday, April 20, 2024 passed away.

File photo, BJP candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh arrives to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections, in Moradabad. Singh on Saturday, April 20, 2024 passed away. | Photo Credit: PTI

BJP’s Moradabad candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh died on Saturday a day after his constituency went to the polls in phase one of the Lok Sabha election.

A five-time former MLA and one-term MP, Mr. Singh, aged 72, had been ill for a long time, and was undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital.

Political leaders from Uttar Pradesh, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, termed the death of the leader an “irreparable loss for the BJP parivaar”. “I am deeply saddened by the demise of former MP of Uttar Pradesh, Kunwar Sarvesh Singh Ji. He was a grassroots leader and was very popular among the people. He also worked hard to strengthen the party. He believed in fighting for issues related to the people. May God give patience and strength to the bereaved family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!” wrote Mr. Singh, on X (formerly Twitter).

Mr. Adityanath wrote, “I am shocked to learn of the demise of our Moradabad candidate and former MP, Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh Ji. This is an irreparable loss for the BJP Parivaar. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with his family members and loved ones. I pray that Prabhu Shri Ram grants eternal peace to the departed soul while giving his family the strength and forbearance to bear this loss. Om Shanti!”.

Moradabad, one of the 80 constituencies in U.P., was won by Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate S.T. Hasan in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Singh won the seat in 2014. The seat has roughly 48 per cent Muslim voters. In the 2024 poll, Mr. Singh was pitted against SP candidate Ruchi Veera and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)‘s Irfan Saifi.

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