Mumbai: The founder of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav has passed away aged 82 in Haryana’s Gurugram. The three-time former UP CM was admitted to the ICU ward and reportedly put on a ventilator at Medanta Hospital last week after his health deteriorated.
Taking to its official Twitter handle, Samajwadi Party tweeted a statement by Mulayam Singh’s son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, “my father and everyone’s leader is no more.” The party, in a statement, said that his body will be taken to his ancestral village Saifai in Etawah district.
“SP Patron and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is no more. He breathed his last at 8:15 am today. He was admitted in Medanta since August 22. Was on ventilator since 2 October. The body of the SP Patron will be taken to Saifai in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh,” the statement read.
The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh had been going through treatment at the Medanta Clinic since August 22. He was at first confessed to the confidential ward and was raced to the ICU ward after his oxygen level dropped.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath declared three-day state grieving and said that Mulayam Singh’s last ceremonies of will be performed with full state praises. The last rituals of Mulayam Singh Yadav will be held at Saifai, his hereditary town in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party said on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the former UP CM and remembered him as “a key soldier for democracy during the Emergency”.
“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,” PM Modi tweeted.
In 1992, Mulayam Singh founded Samajwadi Party (SP), which turned into a giant regional party and registered a landslide victory in the 2012 Legislative Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh.
The Samajwadi Party is now led by Mulayam’s son and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav after he was chosen the president by the National Convention in 2017.