Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed , saying his demise leaves a huge void in the nation and that the leader who provided a healing touch would be missed.
“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,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2016
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee expressed his heartfelt condolence.
”Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of J & K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ,” he wrote in a tweet.
”Contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to J & K and India through long years of public service will be always remembered ,” the president added.
Sayeed, 79, is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son. Sayeed’s body would be flown to Srinagar where it will be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader.
He is likely be buried in his ancestral village in South Kashmir.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was deeply pained to learn of J&K CM Shri Mufti Mohd. Sayeed’s demise.
“The demise of Shri Mufti Sayeed is an irreparable loss to Jammu and Kashmir. His departure has also left a big void in national politics,” tweeted Rajnath Singh.
Mufti Sayeed ji had a wonderful understanding of complex issues pertaining to J&K. He wanted to bring permanent peace to the valley.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) January 7, 2016
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed his shock and sympathy at the demise of Peoples Democratic f Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
”Just heard the terrible terrible news of Mufti Sahib’s passing away. I’m shocked & deeply saddened. May he rest in peace,tweeted Abdullah.
”My heart felt sympathies to Mrs Syed, Mehbooba & the entire family in this most difficult of times. My & my family’s prayers are with them,” he added.
“A veteran politician, he had a long & distinguished political career. His loss will be deeply mourned in J&K and across the country,” tweeted Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Extremely saddened to learn of the passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saab. My condolences to his family and supporters— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 7, 2016
Congress President Sonia Gandhi too expressed shock and grief . Extending her condolences to Mufti Sayeed’s wife and other family members, Gandhi said that in his death, the state of J&K as indeed the entire nation had lost a great leader.
Various state chief ministers also took to Twitter to pay their respect.
V sad to hear abt Shri Mufti Mohd. Sayeed's demise. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 7, 2016
Saddened to hear about passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ji. My condolences to his family, people of J&K and party colleagues— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 7, 2016
My deepest condolences on the sad demise of J&K CM #MuftiMohammadSayeed ji. May his soul rest in peace.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) January 7, 2016