Sharad Yadav spent entire life promoting socialist ideology: Sisodia

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By: TNI Team
Updated: 14 January, 2023 12:43 pm IST
AAP leader Manish Sisodia speaking to the media at the residence of Sharad Yadav in Delhi on Jan 13.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Friday paid tributes to former Union minister Sharad Yadav, saying he spent his entire life promoting the socialist ideology.

Speaking to media persons after paying floral tributes to Yadav at his residence in Delhi’s Chhatarpur, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said India will remain indebted to him for his immense contribution to the welfare of common people.

“We all are pained by the demise of Sharad Yadav Ji. From the early days of his life, he started fighting for the country and contributed to shaping the country’s thought process,” Sisodia said.

He further stated, “We are all indebted to him for committing his entire life to promote socialist ideology. Today, the entire country is in grief. India will miss him.”

Sisodia was among a galaxy of leaders from across India’s political sphere who paid their last respects to the champion of the rights of the poor, downtrodden, and backward sections of society.

BJP president JP Nadda, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal, former Bihar CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rabri Devi, Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kumari Shelja, and Anil Chaudhary were among the leaders who paid tributes in person.

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Credited for the implementation of the Mandal Commission report that gave the reservation to other backward communities (OBCs), Yadav passed away at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram at the age of 75 years on Thursday evening. He was suffering from a prolonged illness.

He was taken to the emergency ward of the hospital in an “unconscious and unresponsive state” without any pulse or recordable blood pressure.

In a statement, his family said that Sharad Yadav’s last rites will be performed in his native village Aankh Mau in Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said, “With the demise of Sharad Yadav Ji, a long political life spanning five decades has come to an end today.”

“He fought against the Emergency in 1972 and was a champion of the struggle for the rights of the poor, backwards, Dalit and the oppressed. He spent several years in the NDA (National Democratic Alliance). I met him frequently during those days. He contributed immensely to parliamentary debate and meetings,” minister Goyal said.

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