In a shocking development, senior BJP leader Kamla Verma has passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93 in Haryana due to Mucormycosis, the Black Fungus infection. After learning about her demise, several leaders of the Central ruling party have been paying tribute and expressing condolences to the family members.
Kamla Verma had also served as the Health Minister in Haryana and recently, she had tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jagadhri town of Yamunanagar district in Haryana. Though she recovered from the pandemic, she later had contracted the black fungus infection.
She was undergoing treatment for the fungal infection and her health condition had deteriorated further on Tuesday. Amid the efforts to save her, a doctor at the hospital said that Verma had breathed her last at around 7.30 pm on Tuesday. The demise of the veteran leader had shocked the party and several state and central leaders had paid tribute to the departed soul.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has condoled the death of Kamla Verma. Taking to Twitter, Khattar wrote, "An era has come to an end with the demise of Kamla Verma Ji. Her organizational ability and her dedication to good governance will always inspire us to work for the welfare of the people." Haryana BJP President Om Prakash Dhankar had also paid tribute to Verma.
Dhankar said that Kamla Verma, who was the first president of the BJP's Haryana unit, had worked with many senior party leaders, including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. "Her passing away is a personal loss to me. Her devotion to the organization will always inspire millions of workers", Dhankar added.
Kamla Verma's son Rajan Verma earlier said, "My mother had tested Covid-19 positive on May 5, and recovered from the disease. She had later contracted black fungus and was admitted at a private hospital in Jagadhri on May 30." Kamla Verma was elected as MLA from Haryana's Yamunanagar in 1977 and she had served as a cabinet minister in 1977, 1987, and 1996.