Shri Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), has issued the following statement:

Condolence Message on V. P. Singh

I am deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Vishwanath Pratap Singh, former Prime Minister of India. Shri V. P. Singh was one of the few contemporary political leaders who stood for principled politics. His was a voice for the downtrodden people and he led many struggles for their cause. His bold stand in implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations was such an example. He had to give up his Prime Ministership because of his firm stand in defence of secularism. The country has lost a leader of rare distinction and commitment.

On behalf of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), I pay homage to his memory. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his wife, sons and family members.