Congress MP Rajeev Satav died at a private hospital in Pune on Sunday, days after recovering from the coronavirus infection, hospital sources said.
He was 46.
Satav was on ventilator support at the hospital after his health deteriorated. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22.
He was later diagnosed with a new viral infection and was in a critical condition, they said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled his demise and said it is a big loss to him.
“I”m very sad at the loss of my friend Rajeev Satav. He was a leader with huge potential who embodied the ideals of the Congress. It”s a big loss for us all. My condolences and love to his family,” he tweeted.
Satav, who hailed from Maharashtra, was considered to be close to the former Congress chief.
He was in-charge of the party”s affairs in Gujarat, where the Congress had put up a spirited fight in the last assembly elections.
Condolences poured in from various quarters.
“We are deeply saddened by the demise of Rajya Sabha MP and compatriot, Shri Rajeev Satav. His unwavering dedication towards the nation and the party carried out with pure simplicity will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family, friends and followers. May he rest in peace,” the Congress tweeted from its official handle.
All India Congress Committee general secretary K C Venugopal said the Congress has lost its frontline warrior, Congress Working Committee member, MP and a most promising young leader.
“I am devastated by the irreparable loss. The party will forever miss his indelible dedication, connect and immense popularity,” he said.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said he has been rendered speechless due to the loss.
“Today I lost a fellow who took the first step of public life with me in the Youth Congress and walked along till today…We will always remember Rajeev Satav”s simplicity, ever smiling, connected to the grassroots, loyalty and friendship. Good bye my friend. Keep shining, wherever you are,” he tweeted.
Party leader Jairam Ramesh said, “My young colleague Rajeev Satav has passed away from COVID-19 complications. He had been president, Youth Congress, as well as MP in both Houses. He was a forceful speaker and was always well prepared. A thorough organisation man, he was integral to the Congress” revival. Tragic!”.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “In Rajiv Satav we have lost one of our brightest colleagues. Clean of heart, sincere, deeply committed to the ideals of the Congress and devoted to the people of India.”
“I have no words, just prayers for his young wife and children. May they have the strength to carry on without him,” she said.
India reports lowest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases after 71 days
India on Sunday (June 13, 2021) reported its lowest one-day rise in the COVID-19 cases after 71 days. The country recorded 80,834 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the figures by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.
India’s active caseload has now declined to 10,26,159, while the weekly positivity rate has dropped to 4.74% and the daily positivity rate stands at 4.25%.
There were also 3,303 coronavirus-related deaths between Saturday and Sunday morning.
So far, there have been 2.94 crore cases and 3.70 lakh fatalities across the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also informed that 1,32,062 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. India now has registered 2.80 crore recoveries and the recovery rate has improved to 95.26%.
Meanwhile, more than 25.31 crore coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered across the country.
Several BJP leaders resign from party in Union Territory
After Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana was named in a case of sedition and hate speech for her comments criticising Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s Covid handling, 15 leaders and party workers of the BJP have submitted their resignations to mark their protest. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the BJP’s chief in the union territory.
In a letter signed by 12 leaders and workers to C Abdul Khader Haji, the party’s Lakshadweep chief, they said: “The BJP in Lakshadweep is fully aware of how the present Administrator Patel’s actions are anti-people, anti-democracy and causing extreme suffering among people.”
They reminded Mr Haji of having met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue and “submitting a complaint”. “You also know that several BJP leaders of Lakshadweep have already spoken on the various wrongdoings of the administrator and the district collector,” the letter read.
Backing Aisha Sultana, the leaders further said: “It’s just in the same manner, that Chetlat resident Aisha Sultana also shared her opinion in the media. Based on your complaint to the police, there has been a case registered against Aisha Sultana who, during a discussion, talked about from not having any Covid cases to rampant cases with the arrival of the present Administrator in Lakshadweep and his unscientific, irresponsible decisions.”
“You have filed a false and unjustified complaint against Chetlath sister, and ruining her family and her future. We convey our strong objection and submit our primary membership from BJP,” they said. The letter has been signed by BJP state secretary Abdul Hameed Mullipuzha among others.
Aisha Sultana had, during a news debate on a regional channel, blamed Covid cases in the island on Praful Patel’s decisions and remarked that the Centre had used “bio-weapon” against Lakshadweep. The Administrator has been accused by protesters including Lakshadweep Parliamentarian Mohammed Faizal in the past of doing away with quarantine protocols that were a must for people to enter Lakshadweep.
“Lakshadweep had zero cases of COVID-19. Now it is reporting a daily spike of 100 cases. What the Centre has deployed is a bioweapon. I can say this clearly that the central government has deployed bioweapon,” she had said on a Malayalam TV debate earlier this week.
The comment had BJP workers protesting on the streets; C Abdul Khader Haji, the BJP’s Lakshadweep chief, complained to the police accusing her of “anti-national” comments “tarnishing the patriotic image of the central government”.
Fire breaks out at showroom
A fire broke out at a showroom in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Central Market area on Saturday morning, Delhi Fire Service officials said.
According to the fire department, a call about the blaze was received around 10.20 am, following which 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Fire-fighting operations are underway and the cause of the fire is not known yet, they said.
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