"In death of Laxman, India will miss the genius who made the common man into a national icon. His death leaves a void in the world of creativity and social commentary which will be difficult to fill," he said," the President said expressing his condolences.

"I feel personal loss because I was both an avid follower and subject of Laxman's cartoons," Mukherjee tweeted.

In his condolence message, the Prime Minister said, "India will miss you RK Laxman. We are grateful to you for adding the much needed humour in our lives & always bringing smiles on our faces."

"My condolences to the family & countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in our lives. RIP RK Laxman," Modi tweeted.

Vice President Hamid Ansari said Laxman touched the lives of millions of our countrymen by his incisive humour and socially relevant messages expressed through his immensely popular cartoons.

In her message, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said Laxman's "Common Man", for more than one generation, represented India and served as the conscience keeper of the establishment.

"Laxman was an intellectual giant who will be missed for decades to come and will serve as an inspiration to many," she said.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, "Laxman touched the lives of the common people in many ways and portrayed their problems and aspirations for over half a century."

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, "Through his cartoons he held up a mirror to society - making us laugh at ourselves, while putting the concern of the common man at the forefront.

"One of the most incisive observers and commentators of post independence India, his loss will be mourned by the whole nation," he said.

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