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Sitaram Yechury’s son, 34, dies of Covid, political leaders send condolences

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Sitaram Yechury’s son, 34, dies of Covid, political leaders send condolences

New Delhi: General secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury, on Thursday shared the saddening news of his 34-year-old son Ashish Yechury’s demise on social media, who died of Covid-19.

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“It is with great sadness that I have to inform that I lost my elder son, Ashish Yechury to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and who treated him – doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and innumerable others who stood by us,” Sitaram Yechury tweeted.

Ashish Yechury, a journalist, had been hospitalised in Gurugram. Several senior political leaders condoled his death on Twitter.

Expressing the grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote “Condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury Ji and his family on the tragic and untimely demise of his son, Ashish. Om Shanti”.

Chief Minister of West Bengal and TMC leader, Mamata Banerjee said that it was shocking and saddening to hear about Ashish’s death. “Shocked and very saddened to hear about the untimely passing away of Ashish, son of @SitaramYechury Ji. My deepest condolences to the grieving family”, Banerjee’s tweet read.

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Kerala chief minister and CPI(M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan also took to tweeter to extend her condolences, “Dear comrade Sitaram Yechury, our deepest condolences on the loss of Ashish. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.”

Calling it a devastating tragedy, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, offered condolences to Sitaram Yechury and added there was no bigger loss for a parent than that of a child.

“Devastated by the news @SitaramYechury @seemay. There is no greater loss for a parent to endure. May you find the strength to bear the inexpressible grief of your loss. My heart goes out to you at this painful time,” Tharoor wrote.

On Thursday afternoon, the mourning senior leader, Sitaram Yechury, thanked everyone for their condolences.

“I bid goodbye to my son, Ashish (Biku) at noon today. I thank all of you who have shared our sorrow. I thank everybody who gave us strength to be able to face this dark hour. I know that I am not alone in my grief, with this pandemic consuming countless lives,” he tweeted.

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