Political leaders react to Munde's death
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Extremely saddened and shocked by the demise of my friend and colleague Gopinath Mundeji. He was a true mass leader. Hailing from backward sections of society, he rose to great heights and tirelessly served people.
Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief
Hailing from a humble background, Munde made a mark in social and political life by the dint of his hard work, polite behaviour and allegiance towards the backward classes, which is a source of inspiration for all.
Hamid Ansari, Vice-president
Munde was amongst the most prominent political leaders of Maharashtra who had a long and illustrious public life. In his departure, we have lost a distinguished public servant whose absence will be felt by one and all.
Pranab Mukher-jee, President
In his death, we have lost a veteran leader who always worked for the common man.
Prithviraj Chavan, state Chief Minister
I am shocked over the passing away of Gopinath Munde. He was humble and polite and a grassroot leader. He had the ability to make friends cutting across party lines, and maintained the friendship.
Sharad Pawar, NCP chief
We have lost a dynamic mass leader.
Nitin Gadkari, Union minister
With his demise, I have lost a colleague, under whose guidance, several like me and I myself, worked for decades. It is an irreparable loss to all of us.
Prakash Javdekar, Union minister
I still cannot believe Mundeji is no longer among us. He was truly a mass leader of Maharashtra.
Pratibha Patil, former president
He got national recognition through his continuous struggle in politics. When he got a golden chance to serve the nation, such a tragedy occurred.