The tragic death of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi early on Tuesday morning has shocked leaders and the public alike across the nation. We present below the condolences of our readers:
"Its so sad. I am shocked to know G.munde is no more."
"It is very sad news for us.... God may give him peace of soul."
"May i suggest a 'Gopinath Munde' law that enforces good driving. No mobile phone use, seat belts obligatory, Limit on the number of people seated in a car. No children on a motorbike and maximum of 2 people on a motorbike. Modiji will have to sort out the traffic chaos and unruly and impatient drivers that blight India's roads. Also all road vehicles will have to be road-worthy. He can start by creating a strict and safe law that will enhance the safety of Indian people on the roads. Any violations that lead to death or accidents should be dealt with by heavy fines, vehicle confiscations to even jail terms. May Gopinath Munde rest in peace."
"Its a big loss."
"Really it's unbelievable unexpected news I got."
"It is terribly shocking to note the tragic end of Mr.Munde. One is unable to comprehend the possibility of minister meeting with a Road accident with such an impact leading to his death in the early hours of the day. May his soul rest in peace."
"My deep condolences to his family."
"May his soul rest in peace."
"The civil society must begin teaching itself driving skills with respect to the safety and well being of everone. 140,000 deaths on the roads per year is a sad reflection on how little we care about lives." The media can play a major role in road safety. The transport department can come up with 100 safety driving skills and road safety tips commercials to be telecasted by all channels after every 9 commercials all through the day and night.
"A very sad news for Maharashtra people.l pray that his soul lives in peace."
"It's sad and tragic. May his soul RIP."
"Great loss for the nation."
"RIP. A life with so much promise taken away so swiftly. Great loss to India and Maharashtra. There is no news on the nature of the accident. Was his car hit from sideways. Was he wearing the seat belt. The tall political leaders who work for the common good of all should know to take care of their physical safety too.
Indian Roads have become death traps and have the highest no of accidents per 100000 Passenger Miles travelled. Driver education before licensing should be mandatory and driving compliance need to be enforced regardless of who is driving. from VVIP to ordinary mortal. Corruption among traffic enforcement personnel should be eliminated ruthlessly."
"Condolences to the family of departed soul.Destiny has taken him away from the mortal earth.Being a servant of people, he will join other luminaries in heaven."
"Sad day for BJP and India. All angels must be probed to determine the exact cause of this accident, reasons of similar accidents of Rajesh Pilot and Madhavrao Scindia are still unknown."
"Dear Sir You will be missed by most of them May your soul RIP. This shock has broken our hearts as u were a future leader to rural area development."
"May his soul rest in piece...sad day."
"This does not seem to be an accident. Perhaps doctors should strive to save the driver of the other car to get the truth out. Perhaps an inside informant from the minister's office/home should be looked for."
"Very sad news. He was having large mass base in state politics."
"extremely unfortunate.. RIP."
"This is the present state of Bangalore as well. I have witnessed atleast 10 accidents in a month(with blood). I ride bike to work, it is really threatening to ride... Road Traffic rules followed by no. of people is close to zero."
"I am very surprised to listen this news."
"Saddest news. something wrong somewhere!!!! Sir, are things allright!!! this death should be enquired into from all aspects."
N. Ramaswami Narayan
"Condolences. Is it due to road accident? Possibly not. A conspiracy may have occurred. A thorough investigation is needed."
"India is one place the traffic violations take place with impunity ! People need to be educated on the evils of talking on cellphone while driving . No call is so important to be picked up on driving the vehicle. Also the seat belt wearing shall be made mandatory . It is really sad that we lost a MP to a worthless road accident. My condolences to their family."
"I would say so unlucky he turned out be.... R.I.P"
"Heavy Loss to Marathwada region."
"It is very unfortunate indeed. But I surprised a central minister car must be escorted, how a other car even if it jumped the signal how come ramming the very minister's car! Hope, it is not planned action."
"Union minister dying in road accidents, tragic but might now some politicians focus on rode safety. RIP for Munde."
"RIP... Big loss for BJP."
"RIP. Modi's plan for clean governance with a minimum no of minister's has received a jolt."
"Its really pity to have this incidence. Surprisingly Moti Bagh will not have rush in the morning also. however let us pray almighty for his soul rest in peace."
"The tragic demise of Shri Gopinath Munde in a road accident involving his car today morning in New Delhi is a huge loss to BJP. As the Prime Minister rightly said his demise leaves a void which would be difficult for the BJP to fill. He was the top leader of BJP in Maharashtra and his stature was bigger than any other BJP-Shiva Sena alliance leaders. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he had the ability to take BJP to power even on its own had the alliance disintegrated in any way in the state."
"Sad to know that Mr. Munde is no more. After the sad demise of Mr. Pramod Mahajan he was the great support for BJP and to the family of late Mr. Mahajan. It's so unfortunate to lose two tall leaders within a decade. May Mr.Munde's soul rest in peace. May God give strength to Mr.Munde's family to overcome this difficult time."