Political leaders react to Munde's death
Prominent politicos offer their condolences on the untimely demise of senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde
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.