Political leaders condole Bal Thackeray's demise

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 8:46pm IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI
In Thackeray's death, the country has lost a leader whose contribution in giving distinct identities to regional parties would be remembered by all, said Punjab deputy CM.

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Thackeray's death, the country has lost a leader whose contribution in giving distinct identities to regional parties would be remembered by all.

In a condolence message, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal described Thackeray as a real leader of the masses who worked relentlessly to safeguard the rights of Maharashtrians till his last breath.

"He inculcated a sense of patriotism among the youth by communicating with them in their dialect," Badal said. Mourning Thackeray's death, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said he had dedicated his entire life for the people.

Senior BJP leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri said, "Thackeray's death is a great loss not only for Maharashtra but also for the entire nation."

Another former Uttarakhand chief minister Pokhriyal Nishank said, "In his death the country has lost a tall leader who left a lasting impact on the politics of both Maharashtra and the nation."

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan assembly Vasundhra Raje said, "Thackeray's demise is a great loss to the nation. We have lost a great personality."

VHP national spokesman Prakash Sharma said that the void created by Thackeray's death would be difficult to fill. Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda said the country had lost a "keen nationalist leader" in Thackeray's death.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also mourned the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Meanwhile, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the demise of Bal Thackeray had caused a void in the social and political life of Maharashtra and the country.

Describing Thackeray as a "forthright, bold and pro-Hindutva" leader, Bhagwat said in a statement here that the Shiv Sena supremo had held a sway over people's minds.  Bhagwat said Thackeray had departed at a time when his presence was needed in the national life.


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