New Delhi, 3 June-2014(IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to Gopinath Munde, the rural development minister, who was killed following a road accident.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi paying tribute to the mortal remains of the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Gopinathrao Munde, in New Delhi on June 03, 2014. (Photo: PIB)
Modi arrived at the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Road and laid a wreath on Munde’s glass coffin. He also offered his condolences to Munde’s family.
Munde, 64, an important figure in Maharashtra politics, was going to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in his Maruti Suzuki SX4 car, which was hit by a Tata Indica at Aurobindo crossing around 6.20 am.
Munde’s body is kept at the BJP headquarters for party leaders to pay their last respects from where it will be flown to Marathwada in Maharashtra.
The last rites will be performed on Wednesday.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also sent a wreath and paid his tributes.
Among other party leaders who paid their tributes were L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and M Venkiah Naidu.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also visited the BJP central office to pay tribute to Gopinath Munde, the rural development minister, who passed away early on Tuesday morning following a road accident in central Delhi.
Gandhi, who was accompanied by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, folded his hands in respect to pay tribute to Munde.
Gandhi also talked briefly to Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu who was standing near Munde’s body, which hs been kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s office for leaders and workers to pay their tributes.