The Governor Baby Rani Maurya, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and leaders from across party lines mourned the demise of State’s cabinet minister Prakash Pant. In her condolence message, the governor expressed deep grief and prayed for the peace of the departed soul and empathised with the bereaved family.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, in his condolence message said that he had lost his younger brother. “The absence of Prakash will be felt not only as an able politician but also as an attractive personality. He will also be remembered for his capability of taking everyone along in the Vidhan Sabha, knowledge of financial matters and replying to sharp questions of the opposition with a smile. Peaceful, gentle and simple- Prakash Pant in his long political life played an important role in the creation of the state and later in giving a new direction to the state. With his demise, the State and our Bharatiya Janata Party organisation have lost a very big personality.”
Later while talking to media persons, Rawat recollected the time after creation of Uttarakhand. He said, “After creation of Uttarakhand in 2000, I was involved in the party’s organisational work. When the subject of the Vidhan Sabha speaker came up, I suggested to Murali Manohar Joshi that Pant be made the speaker. He questioned whether the young Pant would be able to handle the Assembly, to which I replied that Pant was a capable and patient person who also studies his task. As the speaker, he set benchmarks in the history of the Assembly, maintained the decorum and values of his office and took both the treasury and opposition benches forward together.”
Referring to his illness the CM said, “Some months ago when he felt dizzy in the Vidhan Sabha, we got the various tests done but nothing was diagnosed. However, destiny had something else in store as later when the hospital diagnosed him with cancer and we took him to Delhi for treatment, I got a call from the Union Health minister who told me that Pant had an aggressive and rare form of cancer. The possibilities seemed to be out of our control. When I had gone to meet him in Delhi, he had assured me that he would definitely return. However, now his body is returning to the state; we are very sad,” said a visibly upset CM.
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