Leaders Condole Death of Congressman Arjun Singh

Leaders Condole Death of Congressman Arjun Singh
President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader L K Advani today condoled the death of veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh and described him as a "towering personality".

In her message, Patil said Singh was a veteran public personality and the important responsibilities given to him during his long career showed the acumen and ability he possessed.

"His contribution to Parliamentary debates were recognized through his being honoured with an outstanding Parliamentarian award in 2000. In his passing away, the nation as well as the state of Madhya Pradesh has lost a towering personality," Patil said.

Singh said Arjun Singh will be remembered for his deep concern for the welfare of the disadvantaged sections and for promoting the cause of equality and social justice in the country.

"He was an able administrator, experienced legislator and a leader who had strong ties with people," Singh said and added that he was "deeply grieved" to over the sad demise of the leader.

The Prime Minister noted that Singh held a number of sensitive and important assignments during his career, "notably the office of the Minister of HRD" in central government for eight years and had a distinguished career in Parliament.

Vice President Hamid Ansari and Sonia Gandhi also expressed their "deep sorrow" at Singh's death.

Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh too conveyed their condolences to Singh's family.

"I am extremely sad to hear about the passing away of Arjun Singh. With his demise, Indian politics has lost a veteran who had competently discharged numerous responsibilities in public life, and served Madhya Pradesh and the country," Advani said in a statement.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in her condolence message said that Singh, who held various important portfolios during his long political career, was deeply committed to the welfare of the marginalized sections of the society.

"With the passing away of Singh, the nation has lost a great leader who worked tirelessly for the underprivileged section of the society," she added.

Minister of State for Steel (Independent Charge) Beni Prasad Verma in his condolence message addressed to Singh's wife Saroj Devi said that the Congress leader's death has created a "vacuum in Indian politics".

He said that Singh's contribution in the service of the Congress Party and the nation-building is unforgettable and an "irreparable loss." Law Minister M. Veerappa also condoled the death of Singh.

Chief Ministers M Karunanidhi, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Nitish Kumar, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Mayawati ,Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi  and Puducherry Lt Governor are among those who condoled Singh's death.

"Arjun Singh was an efficient administrator, a veteran leader and an astute politician. He was very popular as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. As Central Working Committee member, his contribution to the party was immense," Reddy said.

Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said Singh was a veteran leader and an able Parliamentarian who had dedicated himself to the cause of the people.

LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan expressed grief and shock at Singh's demise. "I have lost my guardian and guide in politics in Singh's death," Paswan said in a condolence message.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described Singh as a leader who was committed to secular ideology.

"With his passing away, the organization has lost an experienced leader. He will always be remembered for his contribution at various levels," said Dikshit.

Condoling Singh's death, JD-U president Sharad Yadav said the former Union Minister was a "statesman" who championed the cause of the poor.

"As Union HRD minister, Singh made serious efforts to increase the participation of the poor in education and the underprivileged considered him their friend," Yadav said.

Senior Congress leaders in Jharkhand joined others in condoling the death of Singh.

"We have lost a good political leader and administrator. The country has lost a great leader," AICC member P N Singh said here.

Other senior leaders like PCC general secretary I C Jaiswal, former legislator Jayprakash Bhokta and Congress leader Alok Dubey also expressed their condolence at the demise of the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister.

In a party statement here, DMK president M Karunanidhi said that Singh was 'instrumental' in getting classical status for Tamil language besides shifting the Classical Tamil Research Centre from Mysore to Chennai.

Karunanidhi said Singh had okayed many proposals sent by the Tamil Nadu government and expressed "deep regret" over the 80 year-old leader's demise.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, "Arjun Singh will always be remembered for his great work in the field of education. We have lost a senior and dedicated Congress leader. It is really a great loss."

Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said, "We have lost one of the senior most Congressmen. I am saddened by his demise. He was one of Congress's best parliamentarians."

"We have lost a fatherly figure in India's political arena. He will always be remembered for his simplicity and sincere attitude," state PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, "This is an irreparable loss to India's political fraternity. I express my heartfelt condolences to his family."

In a condolence message, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, "An era has come to an end with the passing away of the veteran leader with whom I had worked closely."

"A man of political dexterity and administrative acumen, he served in various capacities, including as Madhya Pradesh chief minister with élan and finesse. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation", Gogoi said.
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