Prez, PM condole Demise of Ex-Maharashtra CM Antulay

New Delhi, Dec 02: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the passing away of former Maharashtra chief minister A R Antulay.

"It was with profound sorrow that I learnt of the sad demise of A. R. Antulay. An esteemed colleague and a dear friend, Antulay served the nation in various capacities such as union minister, chief minister, parliamentarian and legislator," President Mukherjee said, in his condolence message to Antulay's wife Nargis.

"He made immense contribution towards the welfare and development of the people of the state of Maharashtra. In his passing, the nation has lost a leader, whose long years in public service will be remembered for years to come," he added.

Former Maharashtra CM Antulay breathed his last on earlier in the day after battling a prolonged illness.

Antulay, 85, was the first Muslim chief minister of Maharashtra, serving his term from 1980-82.

Prime Minister Modi condoled the death of the leader, referring to him as among the "tall leaders" from that state.

The official twitter account of the PMO shared his views. "PM has condoled the passing away of former Maharashtra CM and Union Minister Shri AR Antulay. He extends condolences to Shri Antulay's family," the office tweeted.

"PM recalled Shri Antulay's contribution to public life and said that he was among the tall leaders of the Congress Party from Maharashtra," it added.

Prime Minister Modi also expressed his grief at the passing away of comedian Deven Verma.

"Shri Modi expressed grief on the passing away of noted actor Shri Deven Verma. PM described him as a popular actor, admired by film lovers," the PMO tweeted.

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