'He was a key soldier for democracy': PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mulayam Singh Yadav!

India has been paying tribute to the deceased political Mulayam Singh Yadav, who passed away on Monday- October 10 at the age of 82 in Gurugram due to prolonged illness. As a founder of Samajwadi Party, Yadav served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh three times and as a Union Minister of Defense. He also had served as an MLA ten times and an MP seven times. 

After learning about his demise, several leaders including the President and the Prime Minister have paid tribute to the departed soul and expressed their condolences to his family. Reminiscing Yadav's fight against the Emergency that was imposed by the Sonia Gandhi regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Yadav as a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency. Modi has also shared pictures displaying his special bond with the deceased politician. 

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, "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." 

In another tweet, Modi said, "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." "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", the Prime Minister added. 

India's President Droupadi Murmu wrote, "The death of Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav is an irreparable loss to the country. The achievements of Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji, who came from an ordinary environment, were extraordinary. 'Dharti Putra' Mulayam Ji was a veteran leader associated with the land. He was respected by people of all parties. My deepest condolences to his family and supporters." 

Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankar wrote, "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. Coming from a humble agriculturalist background, he made immense contributions to nation building as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Defence Minister of India. My deepest condolences to his family members and admirers. Om Shanti." 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote, "The death of Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji is a very sad news. He was a true warrior associated with grassroots politics. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved family members including Shri Akhilesh Yadav." Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Medanta Hospital where Yadav's mortal remains were kept. Paying homage to Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amit Shah said, "Due to the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav, a huge vacuum has emerged in Uttar Pradesh and national politics." 

The Home Minister met Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav and expressed his condolences. Known for being a vital political force in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav has established what has been a deep-rooted political base in his state and it has been recognized as one of the biggest parties in India. Fondly called 'Netaji' by the supporters of Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav had been suffering from prolonged illness. He was critical for a week and had been under lifesaving support at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

According to reports, he was undergoing treatment for a kidney infection since August 22 and was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on October 2. Mulayam Singh Yadav's son and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav confirmed the demise of his father after which the nationwide tribute has been pouring in for the deceased leader. The last rites for Yadav will be held at his hometown of Saifai in the district of Etawah, Uttar Pradesh.