Patna: Kishori Sinha, the widow of former Bihar Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha and former Member of Parliament from Hajipur constituency, died in Patna on Monday at the age of 91 after a prolonged illness.
Sinha, who had been admitted in a private hospital in Patna after having fractured her hips during a fall in the bathroom recently, was said to be making satisfactory recovery after the hip operation but her condition worsened on Monday afternoon, family members said. She died shortly after.
Her son and former Governor of Nagaland and Kerala Nikhil Kumar, who was on his way to Delhi to see his wife who also remains in the hospital for some undisclosed ailment, returned to Patna immediately after hearing the death of her mother.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was one of the dozens of politicians to visit Sinha's residence on Boring Road to pay his last respect, announced her funeral with full state honors. He also announced his decision to install a life-size statue of Mrs. Sinha next to the statue of her husband Satyendra Narayan Sinha at the Children's park in Sri Krishna Puri.
Cremation will be held at Konhara Ghat in Hajipur on Wednesday at 12:00 pm, family members said.
Throughout the day, the house of Mrs. Sinha witnessed a beeline of politicians who, cutting across party lines, came to see her for one last time while paying floral tribute to the woman who, despite being married at the age of 13, broke many social barriers by acquiring top-class education and entering into public service in various roles.
Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, JD-U legislator Sanjay Singh, Mahachandra Singh, BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mangal Pandey, Sanjiv Chaurasia, and Kishore Kumar Munna, Congress leader and Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary, Satyendra Bahadur, Subodh Kant Sahay, former RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari, RJD leader Ramchandra Purvey, Mundrika Singh Yadav, former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, Nitish Mishra, Sanjiv Prasad Toni, Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, Akhilesh Singh, Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhesh Singh, and former Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh were among many who visited Mrs. Sinha home on Tuesday to pay their last respect to the Congress leader.
Born in 1925, Mrs. Sinha did her schooling from Chapman High School in Muzaffarpur and graduated from Patna's elite college for girls Patna Women's College.
She represented Hajipur constituency in the Parliament in 1980 and 1984.