I K Gujral was a very big statesman, says Sharad Yadav
Janata Dal- United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Friday recalled his long association with former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral as party colleague, and said that the later was a very big statesman in politics.
Expressing his condolences at the demise of Gujral, Yadav said: "We had worked together for many years. He had left Indiraji at the time of emergency; he was a very big statesman in politics."
"I am sad I could not meet him before his demise. I remember him and I pay my tributes and homage to him," said Yadav.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, A B Bardhan also condoled Gujral's demise and remembered him as a very progressive leader of our time.
Congress leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Shukla, said that the former Prime Minister was a great parliamentarian and a brilliant administrator.
Lok Janshakti Party Chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who was the Railway Minister in Gujral's cabinet, said that the country has lost a true son.
"He was a leader of very clean image. He never made us feel that he was Prime Minister of this country," said Paswan.
Gujral, 92, breathed his last at 3.27 p.m. in a private hospital in Gurgaon after a multi-organ failure. He was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a lung infection.
Born on December 4, 1919, Gujral served as the 12th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.
He was Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting during the chaotic days of 1975 and thereafter, he was appointed as Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union. He left the Congress Party in the mid-1980s and joined the Janata Dal.
He had also participated in India's freedom struggle, and was jailed in 1942 during the 'Quit India Movement'.