New Delhi : Paying tributes to Mulayam Singh Yadav , Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday recalled the Samajwadi Party patriarch as a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency and said that his demise was a huge loss for the country.
” I got a piece of sad news while coming here this morn ing . Mulayam Singh Yadav ji passed away today : His de mise is a great loss for the country , ” the PM said at a rally at Bharuch in Gujarat and added . ” when the BJP blessed me for the Prime Minister’s post for the 2014 elections , I took an initiative to seek blessings of senior leaders . Mulayam Singh Yadav was one of them . His blessings and advice are still valuable to me .
Modi also recalled how Mulayam had prophesied that he will win a second term as the PM in 2019. ” Setting aside political differences , Mulayam Singh – ji had told the Lok Sabha that Modi was someone who takes everyone along and that he was sure he would again become the PM , ” Modi said .
Soon after news broke that the socialist veteran had passed away , home minister Amit Shah reached Medanta Hospital in Gurugram and paid his tributes . ” 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 mass leader . His death marks the end of an era in Indian politics , ” Shah said .
Defence minister Rajnath Singh , who will be visiting Yadav’s hometown Saifai in Etawah district to take part in the leader’s funeral , said , ” Despite being a political opponent , Mulayam Singh ji had the best relations with all . Whenever he met , he would talk about many subjects with a very open mind . Interactions with him on many occasions will always be fresh in my memory . “
The PM said that he had a special relationship with Yadav ” When both of us used to meet as chief ministers , we felt a sense of belongingness . I pay my respectful and heart felt tributes to Mulayam Singh – ji from this land of Gujarat , from this bank of moth er Narmada , ” the PM said .
Earlier , the PM took to Twitter and paid rich tributes to Yadav recalling his contributions to Indian politics . ” 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 to wards popularising the ideals of Loknayak JP and Dr Lohia , ” the PM said .
Modi said that Mulayam Singh Yadav distinguished himself in UP and national politics and was a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency ” Asdefence minister , he worked for a stronger India . His parliamentary interventions were insightful and emphasised furthering national interest , ” Modi said .
Yadav stunned the entire opposition while speaking in the Lok Sabha 2019 , as he had said , ” I want to congratulate the PM that he tried to move ahead taking everyone along . I hope all members win and return , and you ( PM Modi ) become Prime Minister once again . “
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar’s secretariat , quoting him , tweeted , ” Deeply pained by the passing away of Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji . He was an illustrious political leader who dedicated his life to the service of the people .
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla , who will go to Saifai to take part in the funeral , said , ” Mulayam Singh Yadav – ji helped the deprived , poor , needy people of the society and became their voice . He led socialism with the ideologies and philosophies of Shri Jay Prakash Narayan – ji and Lohia – ji . He became the vocal voice of socialism in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country . His service to the nation will be remembered by all of us . “