Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed passed away on Thursday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Here are the reactions to his death:
PM Narendra Modi: Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family & supporters. What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum.
President Pranab Mukherjee: Contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to Jammu and Kashmir and India through long years of public service will always be remembered.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh: He was known for his love for common people, especially the underprivileged. Mufti Sayeed ji had a wonderful understanding of complex issues pertaining to J&K. He wanted to bring permanent peace to the Valley.
Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah: Just heard the terrible news of Mufti Sahib’s passing away. I’m shocked and deeply saddened. May he rest in peace.
CPI-M leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami: The state had lost a leader who had given valuable contribution for building peace in the region.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: We are saddened, he was a hard-working man.
Rafiq Mir, PDP: Sad news for the entire nation, his demise leaves a huge void. This matter was not decided but obviously our choice is President of Party Mehbooba ji.
Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister: Demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is saddening, he was a great leader.