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‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death

Home Minister Amit Shah, too, condoled Milkha Singh’s death on Twitter.

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‘We have lost a colossal sportsperson,’ tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Indian track legend Milkha Singh passed away on 18 June.
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Condoling the demise of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 19 June, said the country has lost “a colossal sportsperson”.

Milkha Singh passed away late on 18 June after a prolonged battle with COVID-19. He was 91.

“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” Modi tweeted.

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Milkha Singh just a few days ago.

“Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world,” he added.

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh & Others Condole Singh’s Death

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Milkha Singh had “left an indelible mark on world athletics.”

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “A sports icon is lost.”

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote that Singh would continue to remain “immortal in our hearts”.

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called Singh’s death a “painful national loss.”

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia wrote that stories of Singh’s success “will continue to inspire future generations of sportsperson.”

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Milkha Singh was a wonderful person and had made the country proud with his achievements.

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote, “He inspired generations of sportspersons to give their best.”

‘Had Special Place in Our Hearts’: PM Modi On Milkha Singh’s Death
(Photo Courtesy: Screenshot/Twitter)
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Milkha Singh was admitted in the COVID ward of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh on 3 June. He was treated for the virus till 13 June following which he had tested negative.

However, due to post-COVID complications, he was shifted out of the COVID ward to a medical ICU. But he could not be retrieved from his critical condition, according to the hospital’s official spokesperson Ashok Kumar.

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