The Uttar Pradesh government has announced three-day state mourning on the demise of veteran Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath informed that his last rites would be performed with full state honours.
Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away on Monday morning at around 8.30 am in Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital. His son Akhilesh Yadav has confirmed his death.
Yogi Adityanath wrote on Twitter that the demise of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav was extremely sad. His death marked the end of a major pillar of socialism and a struggling era.
Expressing condolences to the bereaved family and supporters of the SP leader, he prayed to God for the peace of the departed soul. He further said that in this hour of mourning, he expressed his condolences by talking to his son Akhilesh Yadav over the phone.
Sharing old memories on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences. He wrote that Mulayam Singh Yadav 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.
He said that Mulayam Singh Yadav 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.
Narendra Modi wrote that he had many interactions with Mulayam Singh Yadav when they served as Chief Ministers of their respective states. The close association continued and he always looked forward to hearing his views.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh wrote on Twitter that Mulayam Singh Yadav was a stalwart Lohiaite but had admirers across the political spectrum. His tenures as CM of UP were very consequential. He played a key national role on two occasions: Deve Gowda and Gujral governments as Defence Minister and in 2002 when he proposed APJ Abdul Kalam for President.