A prominent leader of the Samajwadi Party and the former Defence Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, passes away at 82 on Monday, October 10, at 08:16 am. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the founder of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had been sick for a long time and received treatment at Medanta Hospital for more than a fortnight. After his condition deteriorated, he was put on a ventilator. His son and political successor, Akhilesh Yadav, tweeted about his death on Monday morning. “My respected father and Netaji of all is no more. He breathed his last at 8.16 am on Monday at Medanta Hospital”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes with a tweet, remembering his meetings with the veteran leader “I had interactions withMulayam 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”.
Politicians from across party lines, public figures and members of the public have paid tributes to one of the stalwarts of Indian politics.
Mulayam Singh was going through multiple ailments over the past few months and was earlier admitted to the hospital once earlier this year. He was a serving MP but was not very active and was rarely seen in public.
As the regional Samajwadi Party (SP), presently led by Akhilesh Yadav, remains a significant participant in Indian politics and is a member of the generation of politicians who emerged from popular movements, Mulayam Singh Yadav leaves behind a rich and contentious legacy. His political manoeuvres, which were reputed to be masterful, kept both allies and opponents on their toes.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was a strong opponent in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, thanks to his determination and ability to recover from what seemed like insurmountable political failures. He entered politics at the age of 15 after receiving his teaching training in his hometown hamlet in central Uttar Pradesh. He participated in many movements led by renowned socialist Ram Manohar Lohia after being influenced by his ideas.