Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal, who was undergoing treatment in a Gurgaon hospital, died on Tuesday.
Singhal’s demise was confirmed by Praveen Togadia who is presently the president of Vishva Hindu Parishad. “Singhal died at 2.24 PM at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon,” Togadia said.
89-year-old Singhal was admitted on November 14 to Medanta with complaints of acute breathlessness. He had been diagnosed with right lower Lobe Pneumonia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and said that Ashok Singhal’s death was a personal loss.
“He was an institution in himself, whose life was centred around serving the nation,” the PM tweeted.
Ashok Singhal ji was the force behind several noble deeds & social work, which benefitted the poor. He is an inspiration for generations.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2015
Saddened to hear the sad demise of Ashok Singhal ji. My deepest condolences to his family and VHP parivaar
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) November 17, 2015
Singhal was at the forefront of the VHP’s campaign for a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.