"Government has decided that state funeral would be accorded to late Gopinath Munde. Funeral will take place at his home town in Beed district on Wednesday," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

Modi, Rahul pay homage to Gopinath Munde at BJP headquarters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi paid homage to Union Minister Gopinath Munde at the BJP’s headquarters on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister also met the family members of Gopinath Munde and offered his condolences on the untimely passing away of Munde.

Expressing his sadness and shock, the Prime Minister earlier described Munde as a true mass leader, who rose to great heights and tirelessly served people.

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“Extremely saddened & shocked by the demise of my friend & colleague Gopinath Munde ji. His demise is a major loss for the Nation & the Govt,” he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Gopinath Munde ji was a true mass leader. Hailing from backward sections of society, he rose to great heights & tirelessly served people," he added.

BJP leader Gopinath Munde dies

Modi further said, “My tributes to a dynamic leader whose premature demise leaves a void hard to fill.”

Meanwhile, Rahul arrived at the BJP headquarters along with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and paid floral tribute to the deceased leader.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari also paid his last respect to the departed soul.

In his condolence message, Vice President Ansari earlier in the day said Munde was amongst the most prominent political leaders of Maharashtra who had a long and illustrious public life during which he served his state and the country in various capacities with great distinction.

“I am profoundly saddened at the passing away of Gopinath Munde, the Union Minister for Rural Development in a tragic road accident today,” Vice President Ansari said.

“Munde was amongst the most prominent political leaders of Maharashtra who had a long and illustrious public life during which he served his state and the country in various capacities with great distinction. In his departure, we have lost a distinguished public servant whose absence will be felt by one and all,” he added.

Vice President Ansari further said, “I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I pray to the Almighty to give them strength and fortitude to bear this loss.”

BJP leaders pay last respect to Gopinath Munde

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief over Munde’s sudden demise.

In a letter to Munde's wife, Singh said, "I am deeply saddened to learn about the sudden passing away of Munde in the unfortunate road accident."

"I send you and your family my deepest condolences in this hour of grief. Gursharan joins me in praying that you have the strength to bear the irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace," he added.

Cutting across political lines, leaders including NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav were among the others who paid their last respects to Munde.

Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Ananth Kumar, Vasundhra Raje and Nirmala Sitharaman also paid their last respects to the departed soul along with scores of BJP and RSS volunteers.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was also present on the occasion.

Besides, Union Minister and LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan also paid his last respects to the Maharashtra BJP strongman along with his son Chirag Paswan, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma and Agatha Sangma.

Former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son Riteish Deshmukh also condoled Munde’s demise.

The Union Cabinet will meet at 4 pm to offer its condolence.

The government has already decided that the national flag will be flown at half-mast in Delhi and capitals of states and Union territories today as a mark of respect to the prominent Maharashtra BJP leader.

Munde died apparently of shock and cardiac arrest suffered during a road accident early this morning. His cremation would take place on Wednesday at his native village Parli in Maharashtra.
64-year-old Munde, who made his entry into the Union Cabinet for the first time after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, was on his way to the airport when his car was hit by another vehicle at Prithviraj road-Tughlak road roundabout in the heart of the national capital.

His cremation would take place on Wednesday at his native village Parli in Maharashtra's Beed district.

A brother-in-law of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, Munde is survived by his wife and three daughters, one of whom is an MLA from Parli.

(JPN)

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