New Delhi: Mulayam Singh Yaav, veteran politician and Samajwadi Party founder, died at a hospital in Gurugram on Monday after prolonged illness, reports NDTV.
The 82-year-old was in the hospital since August and was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Gurugram-based Medanta Hospital on October 2.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condoling Yadav's death, said he was a remarkable personality and was widely admired as a grounded leader.
"Mulayam Singh Yadav served people diligently and devoted his life towards popularising ideals of Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia," he said in a tweet. President Droupadi Murmu said the achievements of Yadav, who came from an ordinary environment, were extraordinary.
The Congress mourned the veteran leader and said it was an irreparable loss to Indian politics. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Yadav's unparalleled contribution to politics as defence minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will always be remembered.
Born on November 22, 1939 into a farming family in Saifai near Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav spawned the state's most prominent political clan.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav at his ancestral village Saifai. UP Minister Swatantra Dev Singh and BJP state president Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary were also present.
He will be cremated tomorrow. A convoy of 300 vehicles carried his body to Saifai from Gurugram's Medanta Hospital, where he died on Monday after a prolonged illness.
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani described Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav as a stalwart of Indian politics and a grassroots leader who endeared himself to the masses by working tirelessly for the uplift of the weaker sections of the society.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hailed Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who died on Monday, as a "true warrior" of grassroots politics and also attended a condolence meet to grieve his death.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was born in a farming family and went on to spawn the state's most prominent political clan, died after a prolonged illness. He was 82. The former defence minister was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on October 2.