Pandit had earlier alleged that it was at the behest of Rajveer Singh alias Raju Bhaiya that Samajwadi Party refused to give him a ticket.
Two senior leaders of the opposition — Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee (CPM) — were on the list of Padma awardees announced by the Centre.
Explaining the reason for the rivalry, Sharma said he had trounced Singh in the 2007 and 2012 Assembly elections.
Shraddhanjali Sabhas are being organised across the state. The first one was held in Ayodhya by the saints and seers to pay tributes to Kalyan Singh on Thursday.
Political pundits believe the Yogi govt and the state BJP unit are going the whole hog to unveil various initiatives to capitalise on Kalyan’s twin OBC-Hindutva connect ahead of the 2022 UP polls
Posters condemning the Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor for condoling former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's demise appeared on the campus.
The posters, displayed on the AMU campus with 'Students of Aligarh Muslim University' written on them, said, 'Praying for a criminal is an unforgiving crime'.
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani were among those who paid tributes to the departed leader at Narora.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Sanjay Kumar cancelled all programmes, including Raksha Bandhan celebrations and the induction of an ex-army personnel into the party.
PM Narendra Modi joined by many senior leaders to pay respect to former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh
Kalyan Singh ji spent his life to live up to his name, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in Lucknow on Sunday.
Rajveer Singh said that his family will dedicate itself for the Ram temple now that his father 'has gone to Ram Lalla'.
The prime minister said that Singh made public welfare the main aim of his life and he lived true to his name given to him by his parents.
CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that Uttarakhand will observe a one-day state mourning on Sunday on the death of the veteran BJP leader.
Kalyan Singh became Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for the first time in 1991 as BJP gained support over its demand for the construction of Ram Temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
Coming generations will be grateful to Kalyan Singh for contributions to India's cultural regeneration: PM Modi, Amit Shah
Singh was firmly rooted in Indian values and took pride in its centuries-old traditions, Modi said and lauded him as a 'statesman, veteran administrator, grassroots level leader and great human'.