CONDOLENCE MESSAGE OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER AND NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF JANATA DAL (SECULAR) SHRI H D DEVE GOWDA ON THE SAD DEMISE OF PARTY VICE-PRESIDENT & VETERAN SOCIALIST LEADER SHRI BAPU KALDATE
New Delhi, Nov 17: I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of my senior party colleague, friend, guide, philosopher and a veteran socialist Shri Bapu Kaldate in Aurangabad early this morning.
One of the tallest socialist leaders the nation has produced, Shri Kaldate served the country with distinction as a parliamentarian, legislator and a selfless political and social activist.
Bapu participated in the Quit India Movement' of 1942 and was imprisoned six times while participating in different agitations pertaining to prices, farmers' demands and Samyukt Maharashtra Movement.. He was active in the ‘Second Freedom Struggle’ and was imprisoned during Emergency from October 1975 to January 1977.
Committed to the cause of the farmers, Dr. Kaldate participated in `Kisan Dandi', a long march of farmers, in January, 1980.
It would not be an exaggeration to state that Bapu was the architect of the first Progressive Democratic Alliance Government experiment in the state of Maharashtra during 1977-78.
As a lawmaker, he fought for the cause of the poor, underprivileged, farmers and minorities.
Bapu had also extensively travelled the world over participating in the meetings of the Socialist International and forcefully putting across the Indian point of view in various international fora.
His death is a grave personal loss to me as the late leader was not only a fellow traveller on the path of socialism but also like an elder brother to me.
In the passing away of the veteran socialist thinker and activist, the nation has lost an illustrious son and the socialist movement a colossus.
My party, Janata Dal (Secular), joins me in extending our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, party workers across the country and the socialist fraternity in this hour of loss and grief.
Janata Dal (Secular) Secretary General Kunwar Danish Ali would be representing me at the funeral of the late leader.
(Kunwar Danish Ali)