President, PM condole Sayeed’s death, hail him as statesman

New Delhi: Leaders cutting across the political spectrum today condoled the death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, describing him as a leader with remarkable political acumen and a statesman who provided a “healing touch” to the state.

In his message to Sayeed’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Sayeed was a colleague of long years. He distinguished himself through remarkable political acumen and vision.

Throughout his life, Sayeed worked for the socio-political transformation and betterment of Jammu and Kashmir. In his passing away, we have lost an outstanding public figure who was always in touch with the grassroots of society,” he said.

Sayeed’s contribution to Jammu and Kashmir and India through years of public service will be always remembered, he said.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, in his message, said, “An eminent statesman and a popular leader, Sayeed made immense contribution to the progress and welfare of Jammu and Kashmir.

He was a consensus builder and always placed the nation’s interest ahead of every other consideration. His death is an irreparable loss to the people of India.”

79-year old Sayeed died today at AIIMS.

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Mufti Sahab’s demise leaves a huge void in the nation and in Jammu and Kashmir, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives. RIP.”

“What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship.

In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum. Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us.

Condolences to his family and supporters”, Modi tweeted.