Political News, Nation, (New Delhi), August 13:-Congress leader and spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passed away on Wednesday after a heart attack, the party said. He was 52.
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 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.
The Congress party in a tweet expressed its grief and offered condolences to his 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.
In his condolence message, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress lost “one of its lions today”.
“The inspiration of Rajiv Tyagi’s love and struggle for the Congress will always be remembered. My heartfelt tribute to him and condolences to the family,” he tweeted in Hindi.
In her tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said Tyagi’s untimely demise is a big loss for all.
“The untimely death of Congress spokesman Rajiv Tyagi is a personal grief to me. It is an irreparable loss for all of us. Rajiv ji was an ideologically dedicated warrior. I expressed condolences to his family on behalf of the entire Uttar Pradesh Congress. May God give strength to his family to bear this loss,” she said.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Deeply saddened to hear the shocking news of untimely death of young congress leader & spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi. My heartfelt condolences to the family to bear the irreparable loss.”
Tyagi will be cremated Thursday morning at Hindon crematorium, party sources said.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)