Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday remembered late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot as a “fearless” person and true “well-wisher” of the farmers and said that he made a place for himself in the hearts of the people in his short political career.

He was speaking at “Kisan Sammelan” in Ghata village here on the occasion of unveiling of a life-size statue of Mr. Pilot. The function marked the 68th birth anniversary of the former Union Minister.

“He would always talk about the welfare of the farmers and people would love to listen to him. He may not be present among us today, but his son Sachin [Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot] is now taking forward his legacy,” said Mr. Hooda.

Saying that it was an occasion to renew the pledge to imbibe the ideology of the departed leader, Mr. Sachin Pilot said there was a need for the leaders who could act as a “bridge” between the people and the government. “There are more than 40 political parties and over six lakh villages in India, we need a leader who can keep the nation united. The gap between the rich and the poor needs to be bridged and job opportunities for the youth created. The Congress party has been making efforts towards this goal for the past 7-8 years and no stone would be left unturned in improving the condition of farmers and the poor,” said the minister.

Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda said Mr. Pilot was a symbol of Congress’ policies and vision for farmers. “In his two-decade long political career, Mr. Pilot fought for the rights of the farmers and the poor,” said Mr. Hooda. Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh also appreciated the late Congress leader for his “plain-speak”. Mr. Pilot’s wife Rama Pilot was also present on the occasion.