New Delhi: The Congress has blamed ‘toxic’ TV debate for the untimely demise of its spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi, who passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Congress leader had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. and complained of chest pain soon after the programme ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Till when will toxic debates and venomous spokespersons continue to kill sober and simple people? Till when TV channels will continue to run the TRP business through such debates? Till when will divisive communal agenda continue to poison the soul of the country? Till when? #rajiv_tyagi.”
कब तक ज़हरीली डिबेट और विषैले प्रवक्ता संयम और सादगी की ज़बान की जान लेते रहेंगे?
कब तक इस बहस से टीआरपी का धंधा चलेगा?
कब तक हिंदू-मुसलमान के विभाजन का ज़हर इस देश की आत्मा को लीलता रहेगा?
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 12, 2020
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and senior leader Priyanka Gandhi spoke to Tyagi’s wife and extended their condolences.
Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “Congress has lost a lion. We will always remember his love for the party. My condolences are with the family.”
कॉंग्रेस ने आज अपना एक बब्बर शेर खो दिया।
राजीव त्यागी के कॉंग्रेस प्रेम व संघर्ष की प्रेरणा हमेशा याद रहेंगे।
उन्हें मेरी भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि व परिवार को संवेदनाएँ। pic.twitter.com/9C0SNuFFYK
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 12, 2020
“Shocked to hear about the tragic demise of Shri Rajiv Tyagi. He was too young and had a long life ahead of him. It is a big loss for the party. My heart goes out to his family & wellwishers. May God give them the strength in this hour of grief,” tweeted senior leader Ahmed Patel.
Shocked to hear about the tragic demise of Shri Rajiv Tyagi. He was too young and had a long life ahead of him. It is a big loss for the party
My heart goes out to his family & wellwishers. May God give them the strength in this hour of grief
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) August 12, 2020
A resident of Ghaziabad, Tyagi was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Congress before becoming the party’s national spokesperson.
The Congress in a statement said, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Rajiv Tyagi, a staunch Congressman and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this hour of grief.”
Congress leader Jitin Prasada said, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely demise.”
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “I can’t believe that my friend Rajiv Tyagi is not with us any more. He was in a debate with me at 5 p.m. Life is uncertain.”
विश्वास नहीं हो रहा है कंग्रेस के प्रवक्ता मेरे मित्र श्री @RTforINDIA हमारे साथ नहीं है।
आज 5 बजे हम दोनो ने साथ में @aajtak पर डिबेट भी किया था।
जीवन बहुत ही अनिश्चित है …अभी भी शब्द नहीं मिल रहें
हे गोविंद राजीव जी को अपने श्री चरणो में स्थान देना🙏
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) August 12, 2020
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