Congress leader and spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Congress leader and spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 52.
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"We are deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shri Rajiv Tyagi. A staunch Congressman & a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his families & friends in this time of grief," Congress said in a tweet.
Tyagi suffered the attack soon after participating in a TV debate from his residence in Sector 16 of Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and fell unconscious, sources said. He was immediately rushed to the Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, where doctors tried to revive him, but could not, the sources added. Doctors said he probably breathed his last on the way to the hospital.
Tyagi was a regular Congress face in TV debates and his last tweet came around 3.40 pm Wednesday in which he said he was scheduled to take part in a debate at 5 PM. After finishing the debate, Tyagi asked his domestic help to prepare tea for him and himself lay down on his bed, his family members said.
But when the house help brought the tea after a few minutes, he did not respond, they said. His brother-in-law Deepak Tyagi said that a nearby doctor was called for an emergency check-up, but after efforts to revive him failed, Tyagi was immediately rushed to the Yashoda hospital, where the doctors declared him "brought dead". Tyagi is survived by his wife and two sons.
A host of Congress and BJP leaders, besides Union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Ram Vilas Paswan expressed their condolences to the family. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra spoke to Tyagi's wife on phone and expressed their condolences while remembering his contribution to the party.
Tyagi will be cremated Thursday morning at Hindon crematorium, party sources said.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: IST