New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the demise of former External Affairs Minister and four-times Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 93.
In a tweet, the President said, ‘In the demise of Shri Madhavsinh Solanki, the nation has lost an unmatched leader. He will be long remembered as much for his role in shaping modern Gujarat as for his inimitable warmth, charm, and love for literature. My condolences to his family and well-wishers.’
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, ‘Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji was a formidable leader, playing a key role in Gujarat politics for decades. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. Saddened by his demise. Spoke to his son, Bharat Solanki Ji and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.’
‘Beyond politics, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji enjoyed reading and was passionate about culture. Whenever I would meet him or speak to him, we would discuss books and he would tell me about a new book he recently read. I will always cherish the interactions we had,’ the Prime Minister added.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Madhavsinh Solanki passed away on Saturday at his Gandhinagar residence during his sleep.
A former journalist, Solanki was INC’s longest-ruling chief minister in Gujarat and known for having led the Congress to its largest-ever victory winning 149 of 182 seats in the legislative assembly in 1985 — a record that no leader has been able to break.