Leadesrs mourn death of S R Bommai

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) Leaders across the political spectrum today mourned the death of former Karnataka Chief Minister S R Bommai who was a freedom fighter, a peasant leader and an important link in the erstwhile Janata Parivar.

Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, in his condolence message, said ''Shri S R Bommai was an able administrator, noted Parliamentarian and above all a committed humanist who always championed the cause of the poor and and the deprived. As Chief Minister and Union Minister, he made valuable contributions in his public life for the development of our country. In his sad demise, the country has lost an eminent public personality.'' Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K H Muniyappa also paid homage to the former Karnataka Chief Minister here, describing him as a prominent freedom fighter and eminent statesman whose loss to the country would be irreparable.

In his condolence message, Mr Muniyappa said Mr Bommai plunged into politics through M N Roy's Radical Democratic Party and served the people of the country for over four decades.

He was elected to the Assembly for the first time in 1967 and became the Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1988 and later served as Union Minister for Human Resource Development.

Mr Muniyappa also conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed his grief here on the death of the veteran leader.

Mr Naidu told UNI that ''He was a simple and honest leader and I was fortunate to work with him in Rajya Sabha.'' The Janata Dal (United) today held a condolence meeting at the party office in Delhi, which was presided over by its president Sharad Yadav.

The members also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul.

In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed sympathies to the bereaved family.

The funeral would be held at Bommai's farm house in Amargol in Karnataka at 1400 hrs tomorrow.

UNI

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