The first chief minister of Uttarakhand, Nityanand Swamy, passed away here his morning after protracted illness. He was 85.
Swami was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday evening and was on ventilator support.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna condoled Swamy's demise, saying the veteran leader had played a very important role not only in the Uttarakhand politics, but also in the politics of Uttar Pradesh.
"He served the people throughout his life, focused on developmental issues and built a very good rapport with the people. Today he has gone with all the love. We should get inspiration from his life," he added.
Bahuguna further said that the Uttarakhand Government has declared three days' of state mourning as a mark of respect to the departed leader.
Born on December 27, 1927 in Haryana, Swami was the first chief minister of the state, serving from November 9, 2000 to October 29, 2001.
He had spent almost all of his life in Dehradun where his father served in the Forest Research Institute of India.
He joined India's freedom struggle at an early age, under the umbrella of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and contributed to local resistances in Dehradun.
He also served as the deputy chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1991 and was unanimously elected the chairman of the same in 1992. (ANI)