New Delhi:  Senior BJP leaders on Thursday condoled the death of wrestler-turned-actor and former MP Dara Singh, saying his demise has left a void which cannot be filled.

In his message, BJP Parliamentary Party chief L K Advani said his party is deeply saddened by the demise of Dara Singh.

"The country has lost one of its gems. The void caused by the death of Dara Singh, who was a kind-hearted soul, cannot be filled," he said.

Advani praised Singh for his dedication to work and said he has left an indelible mark in the field of acting and wrestling.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said it is very painful to know about the sad demise of Dara Singh.

"He distinguished himself not only as a sportsperson but also as an actor and an MP. He was a legend in his life time. Yet he was very simple and humble. May his soul rest in peace," Swaraj said.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari expressed "profound grief and deep sorrow" over Singh's death.

"The 84-year-old wrestling giant and a versatile film actor was a staunch BJP supporter and had campaigned for the party in several elections. His death was a great loss to the nation," Gadkari said.

BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described Singh as a fighter, a fable and one who was equally renowned in the field of art, culture and sports.

"His was a glorious journey from wrestling to films. He was a great hero of wrestling who was committed to nationalistic ideals and social causes," Naqvi said.


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