Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited former union minister Sharad Yadav at his residence here on Friday and said he had learned a lot about politics from the veteran statesman.
Mr Yadav, 75, died on Thursday at a private hospital in Gurgaon. He is survived by a wife, daughter and son.
The veteran socialist leader has long suffered from kidney-related problems and undergoes regular dialysis.
Mr Gandhi paid tribute to Mr Yadav at the veteran statesman’s residence and comforted the bereaved family.
In an interview with reporters, Mr Gandhi recounted an interaction he had with Mr Yadav during a car trip, saying that was the beginning of a relationship.
He said Mr Yadav was an opposition leader who had a political battle with his grandmother Indira Gandhi but the two of them nevertheless maintained a relationship of respect and affection.
Mr Gandhi said Mr Yadav never lost the respect of others, which is a big deal politically. “Sharad Yadav ji was a humble man and at the same time a leader of socialism. I have learned a lot from him. My deepest condolences to his bereaved family. His contribution to the country will always be remembered,” He had said in a Hindi tweet earlier on Friday.
Mr Gandhi, who participated in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, came to Delhi from Punjab, where pilgrims rest on Friday.
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