President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday condoled the death of senior BJP leader Sahib Singh Verma.
Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat also expressed grief at Verma's death.
In his message, Kalam lauded Verma's contribution to library science and said he had closely known him when he was Union labour minister in the NDA government.
"He served with distinction in various important assignments in public life, including those in the Central and state government," the President said.
Expressing sadness at Verma's demise, Singh said the country has lost a prominent leader.
In a letter to Verma's wife, Singh said, "I had the privilege of knowing him for many years and working with him in Parliament. In his untimely and unfortunate passing away, the country and his constituents have lost a prominent leader. His absence will be deeply felt by his wide circle of friends, admirers and followers."
In his condolence message, Shekhawat said Verma was a leader of the masses whom he served with boundless zeal and commitment.
"Verma shall always be remembered for his administrative acumen, organisational ability besides his selfless service to the people," Shekhawat said.