Four-time Gujarat Chief Minister Madhav Singh Solanki died at his residence in Gandhinagar today. The veteran Congress leader was 93. He was also the External Affairs Minister of India under Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao.
“Mr. Madhavsinh Solanki ji was a formidable leader who had been playing an important role in the politics of Gujarat for decades. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. Saddened by his demise. Talked to his son Bharat Solanki ji And condolences. Om Shanti, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today in mourning.
Beyond politics, Mr. Madhavsinh Solanki ji enjoyed reading and was passionate about culture. Whenever I met or talked to him, we would discuss books and he would tell me about a new book I had read recently. I will always cherish the conversation between us.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 9 January 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed grief over the death of Mr. Solanki.
Saddened by the demise of Shri Madhav Singh Solanki.
He will be remembered for his contribution in strengthening the ideology of Congress and promoting social justice.
Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 9 January 2021
Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda said that Shri Solanki, by his nature and actions, made a place in the hearts of the people.
“The news of the death of former Chief Minister of Gujarat, former foreign minister of the country and senior Congress leader Madhavsinh Solanki is sad. May God rest his Holy Spirit. During his lifetime, he carved a niche for himself in the hearts of the people.” His nature and work, ”Mr. Chavda tweeted.
The son of the late politician, Bharat Solanki, is the former chief of the Gujarat Congress and a former Union minister.
Madhavsinh Solanki was the Chief Minister of Gujarat four times between 1976 and 1990. He is remembered for the Khem (Kshatriya, Harijan or Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim) social coalition in Gujarat in the 1980s for achieving the upper level of electoral. He was the longest serving Chief Minister of the state before Narendra Modi.