The body of Indira Hridayesh was kept for the last glimpse, the Chief Minister paid tribute

Her mortal remains reached her residence in Haldwani at around 9.15 pm on Sunday

The body of Indira Hridayesh was kept for the last glimpse, the Chief Minister paid tribute

The Leader of Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, Dr. Indira Hridayesh, died of a heart attack in New Delhi on Sunday. The 80-year-old senior Congress leader had come to Delhi to attend the party meeting and was staying at the Uttarakhand Sadan.

Her body reached her residence in Haldwani at around 9.15 pm on Sunday. Indira's body was brought from her residence at 9 am on Monday morning to Swaraj Ashram and kept for last darshan. After 10 o'clock the last journey from here will start for Chitrashilaghat Ranibagh.

Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat also reached Haldwani's Gaulapar helipad by helicopter, from where he will reach Indira Hridayesh's residence and paid tribute to her. After that he left for Delhi.

Active in politics for 47 years

Hridayesh, active in politics for nearly 47 years, was a Congress MLA from Haldwani. She was infected with Covid-19 in April this year. She had heart surgery after recovering from Corona. She had also attended a meeting chaired by Uttarakhand party in-charge Devendra Yadav in Delhi on Saturday.

Born on 7 April 1941, Hridayesh was first elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1974. After this she was elected to the undivided Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1986, 1992 and 1998. She became the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly in 2000 when Uttarakhand became a separate state. In 2002, she won from Haldwani in the Uttarakhand assembly elections.

She was so dominant in the then Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari's government that she used to be called the Super Chief Minister. She lost the election from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, she again won the assembly elections and became a minister in the Vijay Bahuguna and Harish Rawat governments. In the 2017 elections, she won from Haldwani and was made the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.