Dehradun : Former cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Kedar Singh Phone, who was 92. passed away on Friday at Dehradun following a prolonged illness. Former MLA from Badrinath constituency in Chamoli district, Phone served as the tourism minister in the Kalyan Singh government in undivided UP in the early 90s. He was also the tourism and PWD minister in the interim government in Uttarakhand headed by Nityanand Swami and later by Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
Phonia is considered instrumental in putting the famous skiing destination Auli in the Chamoli district on the international tourism map. He last won an election from the Badrinath seat on a BJP ticket in the 2007 assembly polls. However, he was not inducted into the Khanduri cabinet. Unhappy over not getting a ticket in the 2012 polls, Phonia left B.JP and fought the poll unsuccessfully as an independent candidate. Before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he made a return to BJP. CM Pushkar Singh Dhami wrote on Twitter, ” It is very sad to hear about Kedar Singh Phonia’s demise. pray for peace to the departed soul and strength to his family to bear the loss. “