Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav, passed away on October 10, 2022, at the age of 82 at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, said his son and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was undergoing treatment at the hospital since August 22 and was shifted to the ICU on October 2 after his condition deteriorated.
The SP supremo was a stalwart in politics and brought the backward castes to the forefront of politics in Uttar Pradesh. He served as the Chief Minister of the state three times (1989-91, 1993-95, and 2003-2007). He is survived by his two sons, Akhilesh and Prateek.
He also held the Defence portfolio in the United Front government in 1996, after he came very close to the Prime Minister’s position at a time when coalition politics was at its peak.
Mulayam Singh Yadav will be cremated in his native village Saifai in Uttar Pradesh today. TDP Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi paid their last respects to the former leader at Saifai ground.
A large gathering of people was witnessed for the last rites of the late political leader. According to an official statement, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had reached Saifai and paid his tributes yesterday evening.
The UP CM also paid floral tributes to Yadav on behalf of PM Modi and UP Governor Anandiben Patel, and the UP government.
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. pic.twitter.com/kFtDHP40q9
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 10, 2022
Mulayam Singh Yadav first took oath as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister in 1989 when Congress was voted out of power. He was a seven-time MP from Mainpuri.
PM Narendra Modi said that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s death was a “big setback” to Indian politics.
The massive crowd gathered for the last rites showered petals on the hearse vehicle, which was part of a 300-strong convoy.