New Delhi : President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday condoled the death of former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Verma.
In a condolence message, the president said he was saddened to learn about the passing away of Verma whom he had known closely when the BJP leader was a central minister.
The president said Verma served with distinction in various important assignments in public life, including those in the state and central governments.
The vice president said Verma was truly a leader of the masses whom he served with boundless zeal and commitment.
He shall always be remembered for his administrative acumen and organizational ability besides his selfless service to people, Shekhawat said.
In a letter to his wife, Sahib Kaur, the prime minister said he was deeply grieved to learn of the sad and untimely demise of Verma in a road accident.
"I had the privilege of knowing him for many years and working with him in parliament. In his untimely and unfortunate passing away, the country and his constituents have lost a prominent leader. Please accept my heart-felt condolences and sympathy on this sad occasion. His absence will be deeply felt by his wide circle of friends and admirers and followers," Manmohan Singh said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president died in a road accident on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near Alwar in Rajasthan Saturday afternoon.