PRAYAGRAJ: Former governor of West Bengal, former speaker of Uttar Pradesh assembly and senior leader of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Keshari Nath Tripathi, passed away at his Prayagraj residence on Sunday morning.
The 89-year old leader of BJP has left behind a family of two daughters and a son, who is a senior advocate at Allahabad high court.
Tripathi was recently admitted at a private hospital of the city after he complained of breathlessness. He was discharged earlier this week. However, the veteran leader breathed his last at around 5am.
According to Tripathi’s son, Neeraj Tripathi, the cremation will take place at Daraganj ghat of the city at 4pm on Sunday wherein senior leaders of the BJP along with a large number of locals are expected to attend the last rites of the senior leader.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath along with speaker of the UP assembly, Satish Mahana and several other senior leaders of the party had called Tripathi’s son Neeraj Tripathi and paid their condolences.

Tripathi had suffered with coronavirus twice. He also had a long treatment at SGPGI, Lucknow. After this he had recovered and came home and was infact seen participating in many events in the city. Early last month, he had fallen at his residence and fractured his hand.
Tripathi was born in erstwhile Allahabad (now Prayagraj) on November 10, 1934 and had an additional charge for short stints as governor of Bihar, Meghalaya and Mizoram while he was Governor of West Bengal. He was speaker of the UP State Legislative Assembly from 1991 to 1993, 1997 to 2002 and from May 2002 to March 2004. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly Six times. He had five consecutive wins from the Allahabad South assembly seat in 1989–1991, 1991–1992, 1993–1995, 1996-2002 and again in 2002–2007. He was Cabinet Minister, Institutional finance and Sales Tax in the UP government during the Janta Party regime (from 1977 to 1979).





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