PM Modi condoles death of Thai King, calls him ‘one of tallest leaders’

"People of India and I join the people of Thailand in grieving the loss of one of the tallest leaders of our times, King Bhumibol Adulyadej," Modi tweeted.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 8:35 pm

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej reads a statement convening Parliament in front of 391 newly elected members of parliament at Ananta Samakhom throne in Bangkok in this July 10, 1995 file photo. REUTERS/Apichart Weerawong/File Photo

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Source: Reuters/File photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej whom he described as “one of the tallest leaders” of the current times. Adulyadej passed away on Thursday at the age of 88, ending a remarkable seven-decade reign as the world’s longest ruling monarch who was seen as a unifying force in the deeply divided country.

“People of India and I join the people of Thailand in grieving the loss of one of the tallest leaders of our times, King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” Modi tweeted.

“King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama 9, was widely revered by his people. My thoughts are with his countless well-wishers & family,” he said in another tweet.

The king died at 3.52 pm (local time) at the Siriraj hospital, the palace said in a statement in Bangkok.