Sitaram Yechury’s son, 34, dies of Covid-19; President Kovid, Prime Minister Modi and other leaders express their condolences

The eldest son of CPI (M) Secretary-General Sitaram Yechury, Ashish, died of Covid-19 on Thursday morning at a hospital in Gurgaon, the senior leader said via Twitter.

Ashish, a journalist by profession, who would have celebrated his 35th birthday on June 9, was recovering at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, PTI news agents said, adding that his sudden death at 5.30 after a two-week battle with the disease it was a “shock”

“I must inform you with great sadness that I lost my eldest son, Ashish Yechury to Covid-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and treated him – doctors, nurses, front-line health workers, sanitation workers and countless others who stood by us, “Yechury wrote on Twitter.

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said: “We extend our deepest condolences to Sitaram and Indrani, his wife Swati, his sister Akhila and all the other grieving family members.”

Leaders across the country, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, extended their condolences.

Saying he was “grieved beyond words” on the news, President Kovind said: “In this time of deep sorrow, deepest condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury, his family and loved ones. Find the strength to bear this irreparable loss. ”

“Deeply shocked and distressed by the untimely death of Ashish Yechury, the son of Shri Sitaram Yechury because of Covid-19. Heartfelt condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury and all other family members in this hour of grief. Om Shanthi “, the vice president wrote on Twitter.

Modi said: “Condolences to Shri Sitaram Yechury Ji and his family for the tragic and untimely death of his son, Ashish. Om Shanti. ”

The main leader of the Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala, also went to the microblogging site to express his pain. “I’m sorry for your loss. No word can remove the immeasurable pain of losing a loved one at such a young age. May God give you the power to heal them and cherish their memories forever, ”he wrote.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was “shocked and saddened” by the news and “expressed her condolences to the grieving family”.

The Chief Minister of Kerala and his colleague Pinarayi Vijayan said: “Dear Comrade Sitaram Yechury, deepest condolences for the loss of Ashish. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. ”

Ashish, who studied at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, worked in several publications, including the Times of India in Delhi, before moving to Pune.

(With entries from PTI)