In a condolence message to Ola's wife, Shiv Bai Ola, Mukherjee said: "I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of your husband, Sis Ram Ola, who was a friend and colleague of long years."

"Ola made immense contribution to our people and nation through long years of service as a senior Congress leader, parliamentarian and minister in the union government as well as state government of Rajasthan,” he added.

The President said Sis Ram Ola’s efforts for the welfare of the people of Rajasthan will always be remembered.

Mukherjee said Ola paid particular attention to the education of girls and the protection of the environment.

"His service to society was duly recognized by the nation through the conferring of the Padma Shri award in 1968. In his death, the nation has lost an eminent leader and social worker who was always in touch with the grassroots of society,” he said.

Sonia condoles Sis Ram Ola's demise

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the death of Union Labour Minister Sis Ram Ola, and said the nation had lost a leader of stature and rare earthy wisdom.

"A grassroots leader who fought for the cause of people, Ola had a solid connect with his constituency, and his invincible electoral record reflected the same," Gandhi said in a statement.

Extending her condolences to the bereaved family, Gandhi said: " The Congress party, the state of Rajasthan, as indeed the nation, have lost a leader of stature and rare earthy wisdom."

Ola, who breathed his last at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday, is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

He was a member of the Rajasthan legislative assembly from 1957 to 1990, and a cabinet minister in the state government from 1980 to 1990. He received the Padma Shri in 1968 for social work.


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