Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away on Monday morning at a Gurugram hospital after a prolonged illness. The 82-year-old had been hospitalised since August. He spawned UP’s most prominent political clan. He was elected an MLA 10 times and an MP seven times. He also served as the defence minister, and thrice as the UP CM. He even appeared to have a shot at the prime minister’s post briefly.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was undergoing treatment at the Medanta Hospital since August 22 and was shifted to the ICU on October 2. He was quite critical since then and was being treated in the ICU by a comprehensive team of specialists.
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DELHI CHIEF MINISTER ARVIND KEJRIWAL
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his grief on the death of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and prayed for strength to his family and admirers to bear the loss.
“Received the sad news of demise of former Chief Minister of UP and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. May almighty rest his soul at his feet and give strength to his family and admirers to bear the loss,” Mr. Kejriwal said in a tweet.
INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
Congress condoled Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s demise, and said his passing away was an irreparable loss to Indian politics.
Congress party in their tweet condoled the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav. In a tweet the party said “The death of Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, the patron of Samajwadi Party, former Defense Minister of the country and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is an irreparable loss to Indian politics. May God give him a place at his feet and give strength to his family and supporters to bear this loss.”
WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER MAMATA BANERJEE
Condoling the death of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that his demise is a major loss to the country and polity.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of the great national leader & founder of the Samajwadi Party, Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav ji. His passing is a major loss to our country and our polity. My deepest condolences to his family and his followers,” Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress supremo, tweeted.
UP CM YOGI ADITYANATH
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a three-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav who died on Monday. The 82-year-old Yadav passed away in Medanta hospital in Gurugram. “Uttar Pradesh government announces three-day state mourning on the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav. His last rites will be performed with full state honour,” Adityanath said in a tweet in Hindi. According to sources, Mr. Adityanath also talked to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav over the phone and expressed his condolences.
UNION HOME MINISTER AMIT SHAH
Amit Shah in his tweet said “Mulayam Singh Yadav ji remained active in politics for decades with his unique political skills. During the Emergency, he raised his voice for the restoration of democracy. He will always be remembered as a grassroots leader. His death marks the end of an era in Indian politics.” Mr. Shah tweeted “I express my condolences to his family and supporters in this hour of grief. May God give place to the departed soul at his feet. peace peace peace”
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s demise, and said he was widely admired as a humble and grounded leader who was sensitive to people’s problems.
Mr. Modi in a series of tweets said “I had many interactions with Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji when we served as Chief Ministers of our respective states. The close association continued and I always looked forward to hearing his views. His demise pains me. Condolences to his family and lakhs of supporters. Om Shanti.”
PM Modi further tweeted “Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji distinguished himself in UP and national politics. He was a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency. As Defence Minister, he worked for a stronger India. His Parliamentary interventions were insightful and emphasised on furthering national interest.”
PM Modi said “Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji was a remarkable personality. He was widely admired as a humble and grounded leader who was sensitive to people’s problems. He served people diligently and devoted his life towards popularising the ideals of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia.”