Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party founder, and three-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister died aged 82 on Monday. Yadav was being treated at Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital where he died between 8 and 8:30 am.
The hospital had noted in a health bulletin that Mulayam had become very critical on Saturday and was receiving life-saving medication.
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Akhilesh Yadav, the party’s current leader, and the founder’s son tweeted a confirmation of the news of the leader’s passing. Akhilesh tweeted from the party’s official account, “Mere adarniya pitaji aur sabke netaji nahi rahe.”
He was critical and being treated with life-saving medication in the ICU, the Medanta hospital in Gurugram reported on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on his passing. “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,” Modi tweeted.
Born on November 22, 1939, Mulayam Singh Yadav was a prominent Indian politician and the leader of the Samajwadi Party. He served as a representative for the Uttar Pradesh district of Azamgarh in the Lok Sabha.
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Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and three-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, rose to prominence in UP politics during a time of intense social and political upheaval during the 1970s.
After emerging as a socialist leader, Mulayam quickly became a pillar of the OBC, taking over much of the political ground left vacant by Congress. He assumed office as the 15th chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1989, the year the Congress was ousted from office, and has failed to regain control of the state ever since.