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Mulayam Singh Yadav Funeral Highlights: Netaji cremated at native village Saifai; Rajnath Singh, Tejashwi Yadav, Mallikarjun Kharge attend last rites

SP Mulayam Singh Yadav Funeral Highlights: According to the party, the cremation is scheduled to take place around 3 pm.

By: Express Web Desk
Lucknow, New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2022 20:14 IST
People gather to pay tribute to the mortal remains of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, at his native village Saifai in Etawah district, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (PTI)

SP Founder Mulayam Singh Yadav Last Rites Highlights: Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, who died while undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on Monday (October 10), was cremated at his native village Saifai in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and others attended the last rites of the former UP CM. Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu and BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi also paid their last respects to the leader at Saiafi ground.

Meanwhile, a sea of people gathered for the last rites of Mulayam Singh Yadav at his native Saifai village in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh, amid the cloudy sky and intermittent morning drizzle. His mortal remains were brought to Saifai Monday evening. According to an official statement issued in Lucknow, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had reached Saifai and paid tributes to Yadav yesterday evening. He also paid floral tributes on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and the Uttar Pradesh government, the release said.

Yadav, born on November 22, 1939, rose in UP politics in a period of intense social and political ferment after the 1970s. Emerging as a socialist leader, Mulayam established himself as an OBC stalwart, capturing a swathe of political space vacated by the Congress. He first took oath as UP’s 15th CM in 1989, which marked the year when the Congress was voted out, failing to return to power in the state ever since.

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Mulayam Singh Yadav funeral Live Updates: Samajwadi Party founder's last rites to be held at Saifai today; three-day state mourning in Uttar Pradesh. Follow this space for the latest news and updates.

19:38 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Two constants in Mulayam’s long stint as MP: Chinese ‘threat’ & opposition to women quota Bill

His politics might have seen twists and turns, but two things remained constant in Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parliamentary career: his stand on “China’s threat to India” and his opposition to the Women’s Reservation Bill.

Yadav was first elected as an MP in 1996 from Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, a constituency he won five times including in the 2019 elections. Read more

16:26 (IST)11 Oct 2022
We had a very strong relationship: Rajnath Singh at Mulayam's funeral

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who attended the last rites of Mulayam Singh Yadav, said: "We had a very strong relationship. Mulayam Singh Yadav was a big personality in Indian politics, it is a huge loss for the country. We all have come here to pay our tribute to him. PM Modi could not come here but he asked me to pay tribute on his behalf."

16:25 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Watch: Last rites of Mulayam Singh Yadav being performed

Last rites of former Uttar Pradesh CM Mulayam Singh Yadav being performed at his ancestral village, Saifai in Uttar Pradesh.

16:23 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Mulayam cremated at Saifai; Rajnath Singh, Tejashwi Yadav, Mallikarjun Kharge attend last rites

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, who died while undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on Monday (October 10), was cremated at his native village Saifai in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and others attended the last rites of the former UP CM. 

15:53 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Jaya and Abhishek Bachchan reach Saifai

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, along with his mother actor Jaya Bachchan -- who is also a Samajwadi Party MP, reaches the ancestral village Saifai to pay their last respects to Mulayam Singh Yadav. 

14:06 (IST)11 Oct 2022
'Antim darshan' over, Mulayam's body taken for cremation

'Antim darshan of Mulayam Singh Yadav at Saifai Mela ground has concluded. His body has been taken for cremation.

14:03 (IST)11 Oct 2022
In Pics | Scenes from Saifai as UP gather to pay last respects to their leader

(PTI photos)

12:51 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Body to be taken for cremation soon, Shiv Pal Singh announces

As huge crowds gathered in the pandal trying to reach the stage, Shivpal Singh Yadav appealed to maintain peace and order. He said that body will be taken for cremation soon.

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12:11 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Former Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu pays tribute to Mulayam Singh Yadav

Telugu Desam Party president and former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu paid last respects to Mulayam Singh Yadav, at Saifai in Uttar Pradesh.

11:47 (IST)11 Oct 2022
#Watch | The mortal remains of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav kept at Numaish Ground
11:31 (IST)11 Oct 2022
In Pics: Large crowds gather at Saifai Mela ground to pay last respects to their 'Netaji'

(PTI Photos)

11:26 (IST)11 Oct 2022
'Antim Darshan' of Mulayam Singh Yadav begins at Saifai Mela ground, leaders pay tribute

'Antim darshan of Mulayam Singh Yadav started at UP's Saifai Mela Ground. Etawah district magistrate Avanish Rai paid tribute first on behalf of the President of India, followed by Mulayam's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, Ramgopal Yadav, and other SP leaders including Swami Prasad Maurya, Kiranmoy Nanda, and Ram Govind Chaudhary.  BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi too paid tributes to Mulayam.

10:54 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Congress deputes Bhupesh Baghel, Kamal Nath to represent party at Mulayam's funeral

The Congress on Tuesday deputed Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath to represent the party at the funeral of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah. Yadav's cremation will be held at his native place today evening. 

10:44 (IST)11 Oct 2022
In Pic: Preparation underway for the cremation at Saifai

(PTI Photo)

10:15 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Mulayam Singh Yadav (1939-2022): A leader whose politics was shaped by the ground, not Twitter

Even death cannot destroy two things — the soul and memory. Memories emerge from the kritya (acts) of a person. Mulayam Singh Yadav will live on in the hearts and minds of people through his political acts.

Mulayam Singh, popularly known as Netaji, was the typical zameeni neta (grass roots-level leader). In the early years of his political career in Uttar Pradesh, he would go from village to village, sleep in khet- khaliyans and often eat lai-chana. The matti (soil) was a running theme throughout his life. He grew up in the soil of the akhada as a wrestler and then planted his politics in the soil itself and, for his entire political life, tried to speak for the backward, marginalised and minority groups. Badri Narayan writes

09:03 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Saifai lines up at ‘Netaji’ home for a last glimpse: ‘He gave us energy’

As always, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s return to his village Saifai in UP’s Etawah drew hundreds of followers. They formed a queue nearly 5-km long on both sides of the road, their mobile cameras on, jostling to reach the bungalow painted in white to get a glimpse of their “Netaji”. But this time, the mood was sombre, the chatter muted, broken only by slogans of “Netaji Amar Rahein”.

For, inside the bungalow was Mulayam’s body, brought by his son Akhilesh Yadav, brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, from a Delhi hospital where the SP founder breathed his last Monday morning.

Lalmani Verma reports

(Express Photo)
08:31 (IST)11 Oct 2022
In Pics | People turn out in large numbers to pay their tributes to Mulayam Singh Yadav
07:53 (IST)11 Oct 2022
Mulayam’s legacy: 5 ways in which he changed UP’s politics

If the first generation of leaders of Uttar Pradesh — as indeed of other parts of the country — were freedom fighters; the second generation — which emerged from the late sixties onward — were street fighters. Many of these leaders were socialists who cut their political teeth on campuses, fought vigorously for people’s causes, and acquired stature during and after the Emergency.

Mulayam Singh Yadav was the tallest and most prominent leader of this generation — a man who set new rules and benchmarks for political action in UP and, to a significant extent, other parts of North India as well. His passing marks the end of an era.

Shyamlal Yadav writes

22:32 (IST)10 Oct 2022
Leaders across opposition parties condole Mulayam’s death

Leaders cutting across opposition parties condoled the death of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday. While former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Singh was a leader of high esteem who was respected by everybody irrespective of party lines, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said “the voice of socialist ideas has fallen silent” with his demise.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said “Yadav gave a strong ideology to Samajwadi Party to stand strong against communal forces and worked towards creating a socialist society”, while Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar said Yadav was a “towering socialist leader who never compromised with the interests of the poor and the farmers”. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said “the socialist leader will always be remembered for his contribution to uplift the downtrodden”. Read more

17:04 (IST)10 Oct 2022
Political cartoonist E P Unny shares an old sketch of Mulayam

Remembering Mulayam Singh Yadav, political cartoonist E P Unny shares an old sketch of the leader.

A wrestler-turned-teacher, Mulayam, who was born on November 22, 1939, in Etawah, completed his MA (political science) and B.Ed degrees. He was elected as an MLA for the first time from Etawah's Jaswantnagar in 1967 as a Samyukt Socialist Party (SSP) candidate, but lost the election in 1969 to the Congress’s Bishambhar Singh Yadav. Ahead of the 1974 mid-term polls, Mulayam joined Chaudhary Charan Singh’s Bharatiya Kranti Dal (BKD) and won Jaswantnagar seat on its ticket. He again won from this seat in 1977 on the Janata Party ticket. In the Ram Naresh Yadav government in late 1970s, he was co-operative and animal husbandry minister. In the 1980 polls, when the Congress bounced back, Mulayam lost his seat to the Congress’ Balram Singh Yadav. He later switched to the Lok Dal and was elected to the state Legislative Council as its candidate and also became the Opposition leader.

Saifai lines up at ‘Netaji’ home for a last glimpse: ‘He gave us energy’

As always, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s return to his village Saifai in UP’s Etawah drew hundreds of followers. They formed a queue nearly 5-km long on both sides of the road, their mobile cameras on, jostling to reach the bungalow painted in white to get a glimpse of their “Netaji”. But this time, the mood was sombre, the chatter muted, broken only by slogans of “Netaji Amar Rahein”.

For, inside the bungalow was Mulayam’s body, brought by his son Akhilesh Yadav, brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, from a Delhi hospital where the SP founder breathed his last Monday morning.

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First published on: 10-10-2022 at 09:43 IST
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