'Great loss to art': Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath lead tributes to comedian Raju Srivastava

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and several others expressed grief after comedian Raju Srivastava passed away aged 58. Srivastava was hospitalised for over a month after suffering a cardiac arrest at a gym.

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Comedian Raju Srivastava died in Delhi on Wednesday at the age of 58 (Photo: India Today)

Comedian Raju Srivastava died on Wednesday, September 21, over a month after he was hospitalised after suffering a cardiac arrest at gym. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, among others, paid tributes to the late comedian.

Srivastava, 58, had suffered severe brain damage after the cardiac arrest, and had remained unconscious and under observation at AIIMS, Delhi since August 10.

"Renowned comedian Raju Srivastava had a unique style, he impressed everyone with his amazing talent. His death is a great loss to the art world. I express my condolences to his family and fans. May God give them the strength to bear this grief," wrote Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter.

Taking to Twitter, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I am deeply saddened by the passing away of renowned comedian, Raju Srivastava. Apart from being an accomplished artist, he was also a very lively person. He was also very active in the social field. I extend my condolences to his bereaved family and fans."

"Raju Srivastava is no more. He was born into a poor family. Through his struggles and talent, he made an identity for himself in this world," Akhilesh Yadav said, also recalling the late comedian's short stint with the Samajwadi Party.

"The news of the demise of Raju Srivastava is sad. He presented a new form of comedy genre to the country. His passing is a great loss of art. May God rest his soul in peace and give courage to his family and loved ones," said Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel in a tweet.

"I am speechless to hear the news of the demise of well known comedian Shri Raju Shrivastava ji. Raju Srivastava ji left a different mark in the world of comedy. My condolences to his family and fans in this hour of mourning. May God bless the virtuous soul at his feet," BJP national president JP Nadda said.

Srivastava had served as the chairman of the Film Development Council of Uttar Pradesh until his death. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.

"Raju Srivastava had given his commendable service as the President of UP Khelo Development Council. He was a good artist. Suppressing his pain throughout his life, he entertained everyone without any discrimination. Today he is not with us," Yogi Adityanath said.

Union minister for roads, transport and highways Nitin Gadkari remembered the comedian too.

"Anguished to hear about the demise of Comedy Legend Raju Srivastav Ji. An Entertainer par Excellence, his mannerisms & observational comedy truly mirrored the daily life of us Indians. My condolences to his family members. Om Shanti," tweeted Nitin Gadkari.

ABOUT RAJU SRIVASTAVA

Raju Srivastava is a popular comedian who has been a part of several comedy shows. Srivastava was a part of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Comedy Circus, The Kapil Sharma Show, Shaktimaan and others. The comedian also featured in Bollywood films like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Tezaab, Baazigar and more. He was recently seen as a special guest on India's Laughter Champion.

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