New Delhi, Aug 1 (UNI) Vice-President Hamid Ansari described veteran CPI(M) leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet, who died today, as one who championed the cause of the farmers, poor and the down-trodden.
In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice President said that in his death the country had lost an eminent personality who was always sensitive to the social concerns.
Surjeet had earned the admiration of the people for his dedication and sense of public service, Mr Ansari said.
Besides, former Karnataka Minister S M Krishna also condoled in a statement the death of Surjeet and said he was deeply shocked to learn about the death of nonagenarian leader who had played an important role for a long time in national politics.
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