Former Prime Minister Gujral no more
Vohra, Omar, Muftis, Soz Condole Demise
Gurgaon, Nov 30: I K Gujral, a quintessential old-school politician who rose to become Prime Minister heading a rickety coalition government in the late 1990s, died here on Friday after a brief illness.
The 92-year-old left-leaning liberal breathed his last in a private hospital here at 3.27 PM after a multi-organ failure, family sources said. He was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a lung infection.
The former Prime Minister, who was on ventilator support, was unwell for some time. He was on dialysis for over a year and suffered a serious chest infection some days ago.
Gujral leaves two sons, one of whom Naresh Gujral is a Rajya Sabha MP and an Akali Dal leader, and brother Satish Gujral, who is a prominent painter and architect. His wife Sheila, who died in 2011, was a poet.
The body will be kept for public to pay respects at his residence in Janpath in central Delhi tomorrow morning and will cremated at 3 PM near Samata Sthal, the memorial of late Jagjivan Ram.
The news of his death was conveyed to Parliament by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after which both the Houses adjourned. There will be a condolence references made to him on Monday.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers and political leaders were among those who paid glowing tributes to the late leader.
"In his passing, the country has lost an intellectual, a scholar-statesman and a gentleman politician whose liberal and humanist vision was rooted in the teachings of the leaders of our freedom movement," the Prime Minister said in his message.
GOVERNOR EXPRESSES SORROW
Governor NN Vohra expressed deep sorrow on the death away of IK Gujral with whom he has served as the Principal Secretary during 1997-98.
A Raj Bhavan spokesman confirmed that the Governor had written to Naresh Gujral, MP to convey his feelings to all members of the late PM’s family and wished eternal peace to the departed soul.
In his letter, the Governor recalled the very difficult time during which Gujral served as PM, and remembered that despite serious challenges on various fronts, the PM had consistently maintained courtesy, decorum and gentlemanliness in his dealings with one and all. Vohra also recalled the ‘fervent efforts’ made by Gujral to foster friendly relations with neighbouring countries, particularly with Pakistan, and the several meetings he had with Mian Nawaz Sharief.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condoled the demise of former Prime Minister of India IK Gujral describing it a “great loss to the nation.”
Omar said that Gujral was a man of high principles and stature. He said Gujral’s contribution to the nation in various capacities and as the 12th Prime Minister of India is glaring.
Omar said Gujral set five principles known as Gujral Doctrine which included establishing a good rapport with the neighbouring countries and settling the dispute through peaceful negotiations.
“Gujral was great lover of Urdu who wrote various poetic pieces in Urdu and spoke Urdu fluently,” he said.
In his condolence message, Omar expressed solidarity with the members of bereaved family and conveyed his sympathy to them. He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Prof. Saifuddin Soz MP (Former Union Minister) and President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee expressed deepest anguish at the passing away of Gujral. “I had the privilege of having a long association with Shri Inder Kumar Gujral which span more than three decades. I had also the privilege of working with him as Minister in his Cabinet,” Soz said. “I knew Shri Inder Kumar Gujral as an accomplished public figure, erudite parliamentarian, able administrator and a great scholar.” Soz expressed solidarity with the bereaved.
The National Conference President and Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed grief over the death of IK Gujral.
He described Gujral as an eminent statesman, a distinguished Parliamentarian and above all a great human being.
Former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti expressed their deep sorrow over the sad demise of IK Gujral.
In a condolence message Mufti and Mehbooba conveyed their solidarity to the family members of I K Gujral and prayed for the eternal peace to the departed soul.
Mufti recalled his association with Gujral and described him as a man of high principles and stature. He especially recalled I K Gujral’s contribution in strengthening relations with the neighbouring countries including Pakistan. He said that Gujral had played great role in improving relations with Pakistan.
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