India is mourning the demise of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. From the President to the chief ministers of the states, everyone condoled the death of a statesman who helmed Jammu and Kashmir and was India’s first Muslim home minister.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief on the demise of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
In a tweet, President Mukherjee said: “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed”.
Contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to J&K and India through long years of public service will be always remembered,” he said in another tweet.
Prime Minister Modi called Sayeed a statesman who provided ‘healing touch’ to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Mufti Sahab’s demise leaves a huge void in the nation & in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives. RIP”.
“What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum. Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family & supporters,” said PM Modi in a series of tweets.
Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav said Sayeed was a visionary leader who dedicated his entire life to a united and strong J&K and India. "His demise at a crucial juncture is saddening. Condolences," he said.
Madhav had played a key role in sewing up his party’s alliance with PDP.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said he was shocked to know about the sudden demise of Sayeed and expressed his condolences.
In a tweet, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, "Saddened to hear about Mufti Sahab’s demise. Wishing his family peace and strength during this difficult time.
The 79-year-old founder and president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was admitted to Delhi&’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on December 24 and was being treated for sepsis, decreased blood counts and pneumonia.
His condition had gradually worsened and remained in the Intensive Care Unit of AIIMS as his platelets dropped dangerously low. And, he breathed his last on Thursday, around 7.30 am, said PTI.
Recalling Sayeed’s contribution as a humanist Congress president Sonia Gandhi said: "Muftiji’s contribution as a humanist and to public life in various capacities will forever be remembered." She extended her condolence to Sayeed’s wife and daughter Mehbooba Mufti. "In his death, the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the nation has lost a great leader."
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condoled the death of Sayeed. "Just heard the terrible news of Mufti Sahib’s passing away. I’m shocked and deeply saddened. May he rest in peace," he said in a tweet. He visited AIIMS and offered his condolences to the family.
Former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah also condoled the death of Sayeed.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar mourned the demise of Sayeed. "Deeply saddened to hear of Mufti Sahib’s demise. My condolence to his family and supporters (sic)," he tweeted.
In a condolence message, the Bihar chief minister said that the country has lost a great, popular and visionary leader in the passing away of the 79 year-old Sayeed.
He said that during a distinguished political career spanning several years, Sayeed had performed various responsibilities with aplomb.
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad also mourned the death of the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and said he (Sayeed) was a warm, brilliant and exemplary leader. "Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Mufti Sahab. He was kind, warm, brilliant and exemplary leader with strong administrative qualities," he tweeted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet," V sad to hear abt Shri Mufti Mohd. Sayeed’s demise. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that Sayeed was a "visionary" leader.
In his message, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that with Mufti’s death "the country has lost a soft spoken, experienced and progressive leader who worked continuously for taking Jammu and Kashmir on the path of development."