"The demise of Ashok Singhal ji is a deep personal loss. He was an institution in himself, whose life was centred around serving the nation," he tweeted.

"Ashok Singhal ji was the force behind several noble deeds & social work, which benefitted the poor. He is an inspiration for generations," PM Modi said in another tweet.

The Prime Minister added, "I was always fortunate to receive Ashok ji's blessings & guidance. My condolences to his family & countless supporters."

Singhal, who rose to prominence playing a leading role in the Ram Janambhoomi movement in the late eighties and afterwards, died today at a private hospital at the age of 89.

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