Mulayam Singh Yadav, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and founder of the Samajwadi Party (SP), passed away on Monday after a protracted illness, according to a statement from his son and party leader Akhilesh Yadav.
Since last week, Mulayam Singh Yadav, 82, has been receiving medical care in Gurugram’s Medanta hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavishly praised the late leader, describing him as a brilliant individual who was appreciated for being a steady leader.
“He served people diligently, and devoted his life towards popularising the ideals of Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia,” Modi said, adding, “Yadav distinguished himself in Uttar Pradesh and national politics. He was a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency.”
As defence minister, Yadav, according to Modi, tried to make India “stronger” and that his legislative comments were helpful.
The death rites will take place in Saifai, the family’s ancestral hamlet in Uttar Pradesh, according to Akhilesh Yadav’s office, the leader’s son.
The veteran lawmaker would be cremated with full state honours, according to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A three-day state of mourning has also been declared by the administration.