New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday expressed grief on the demise of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.

"I K Gujral was a versatile politician and a thinker who served the nation in various capacities with utmost dedication and sincerity. Gujral was a staunch nationalist and a great patriot, who had a thorough knowledge of international affairs," Gadkari said in his condolence message.

Gujral, 92, breathed his last at 3.27 PM on Friday in a private hospital after a multi-organ failure. He was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a lung infection, family sources said.

Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said BJP condoles the death of Gujral and described him as one of the elite leaders of the country.

"Gujral knew the old and the new generation of Indian politics and was well-versed with pre and post Independence politics of the country. He was an expert on foreign policy," Hussain said.

The BJP MP stated that Gujral made no enemies, was non-controversial, a clean politician and an ideal leader. Hussain said Gujral distinguished himself as an MP representing Bihar in Rajya Sabha.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj described Gujral as a great statesman.

"Sorry to hear about the sad demise of I K Gujral...He will be remembered for his finesse and decency in politics," she said on her Twitter account.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi offered his deepest condolences to Gujral's family and said it is sad to hear his demise.


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