Nation’s political leaders and bureaucrats paid wealthy tributes to former Union minister Jaswant Singh who handed away after a protracted sickness in New Delhi on Sunday.
“Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later throughout his lengthy affiliation with politics. Throughout Atal Ji’s Authorities, he dealt with essential portfolios and left a powerful mark within the worlds of finance, defence and exterior affairs. Saddened by his demise,” stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In Jodhpur, Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh lit the funeral pyre amid chanting of mantras. Singh’s relations and family have been current in the course of the cremation on the farmhouse positioned close to a civil airport. Singh’s physique was delivered to Jodhpur from New Delhi by air and was stored within the farmhouse the place individuals provided floral tributes. A wreath was additionally laid on behalf of the Indian Military.
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Jaswant Singh was 82. He was one of many founding members of the BJP and an in depth affiliate of ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday condoled the loss of life of the BJP veteran saying he was a person of impeccable integrity, an in a position administrator and a very good parliamentarian.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh stated Jaswant Singh served the nation in a number of capacities and distinguished himself as an efficient minister and parliamentarian.
“Jaswant Singh ji can be remembered for his mental capabilities and stellar file in service to the nation. He additionally performed a key function in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his household and supporters on this unhappy hour. Om Shanti,” Singh stated.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi additionally expressed her condolences. “Jaswant Singh was a person who lived his life with the utmost honour and integrity, whether or not as an Military officer, a politician or a cupboard minister who held probably the most essential portfolios of exterior affairs, defence and finance,” Gandhi stated in a letter to Manvendra Singh.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh additionally stated that Singh was an in a position administrator and an excellent parliamentarian. “In his loss of life, our nation has misplaced an important chief who all the time labored for the betterment of the society,” stated the previous PM.
In an announcement, BJP chief Lal Krishan Advani described Singh as considered one of his closest colleagues and a pricey pal. He stated Singh was an “excellent parliamentarian, astute diplomat, nice administrator, and above all, a patriot”.
Advani famous “very particular bond was shaped between Atal ji, Jaswant ji and myself” whereas dealing with tenacious points throughout these six years (1998-2004) in energy.
“As an individual, Jaswant ji was a real gentleman and will probably be remembered as a soft-spoken, erudite and warm-hearted individual. He was recognized for his sharp, analytical thoughts and was revered by individuals throughout the political spectrum,” Advani stated.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday additionally expressed regret on Singh’s passing away.
“My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of senior chief from Rajasthan and former union minister, shri Jaswant Singhji,” Gehlot tweeted. “Saddened on the passing away of former Defence Minister and considered one of India’s longest-serving parliamentarians, Jaswant Singh Ji. My condolences to his household and his many admirers,” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha additionally expressed ache. The Lt Governor stated he was deeply saddened to listen to concerning the passing away of the previous Union minister. He stated Singh labored dedicatedly for the welfare of the individuals whereas serving the nation in varied vital capacities.