President Drupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various senior political leaders have expressed their grief over the passing of Samajwadi Party (SP) Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday.
President Draupadi Murmu: “Dharti Putra” Mulayam ji was a veteran leader and was bound to the land. He was respected by people of all parties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji served people diligently and dedicated his life to popularizing the ideals of Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia. He was a key soldier for democracy during the state of emergency.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah: During the state of emergency, he raised his voice for the restoration of democracy. His death marks the end of an era in Indian politics.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: He was a great parliamentarian and a distinguished administrator who dedicated his whole life to the service of the poor and other backward communities.
Former Prime Minister and JD(S) HD leader Deve Gowda: He was deeply attached to secular and socialist political traditions.
BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani: The disappearance of Mulayam Singh ji has left a huge void in the political arena. His dynamic character will continue to inspire many generations of Indians.
Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress: The voice of socialist ideas has fallen silent with the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi: He was a true warrior of grassroots politics.
BSP Leader and Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati: The news of the death of top SP leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav ji is saddening. I express my condolences to his family and supporters.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) Leader Nitish Kumar: He was a towering socialist leader who never compromised with the interests of the poor and farmers.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: He has always upheld secular ideals and fought for social justice.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao: Mulayam Singh Yadav worked for the welfare of the poor and weaker sections throughout his life.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Chairman of DMK, MK Stalin: One of the greatest figures in Indian politics who championed the reserve for the OBC, Mulayam Singh was deeply committed to secular ideals.
PDP leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti: He has always stood with minorities and disadvantaged communities. We should learn from his life… He worked for Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and opposed the communal forces that grew strong in the country.
CPI(M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury: The champion of the interests of the marginalized and the backward, Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav ji steadfastly fought against religious fanaticism at a crucial time for India, championing unity and integrity of India.
CPI Secretary General Dr. Raja: He was a capable social justice advocate and minority rights advocate. The country has lost a great leader of the marginalized at a crucial time.
(With PTI inputs)