Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued an emotional statement, in which he has said that though he wanted to see his father for the last time, his duties in fighting the pandemic were more important.
The chief minister said that he would not be able to attend the cremation of his father due to the lockdown and appealed to the family members to maintain the safety protocols during the cremation.
He asked family members that the minimum number of persons should participate in the cremation.
Yogi Adityanath further said that he would visit the family and his mother after the lockdown is lifted.
The chief minister who was in a meeting when the news of his father, Anand Singh Bisht's demise came in. The chief minister, sources said, heard the news but continued with the meeting.
He also asked other ministers and leaders not to visit him in the hour of grief.
Meanwhile, the cremation of the chief minister's father will take place in Haridwar on Tuesday.