New Delhi, Jan 2: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar on Thursday condoled the demise of his senior colleague and former MP Prof DP Tripathi.
Prof Tripathi passed away on Thursday morning in the national capital, after a prolonged illness. He was 67. Stating that it is a personal loss for his, Mr Pawar tweeted, 'Saddened to hear about the demise of our NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi ji. He was a scholar and a perfect blend of diligence and intelligence in politics. A firm voice who took a stand for my party as a Spokesperson and General Secretary.'
Referring to the formation of NCP, Mr Pawar said, 'He has been with us since the establishment of the Nationalist Congress Party and played a very important role at the national level. His demise is a personal loss to me. May his soul rest in peace.' Mr Pawar’s daughter and Lok Sabha MP, Supriya Sule condoled, and said, 'deeply saddened to hear about the demise of DP Tripathi ji. He was the general secretary of NCP and a guide and mentor to all of us. We will miss his wise counsel and guidance which he had given us from the day NCP was established'.
Taking to twitter, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, 'DP Tripathi: Comrade, fellow-student, fellow-traveller and much more. From University and right until his last days we spoke, argued, disagreed, and learnt so much together. You will be missed, my friend. Deepest condolences”. Tripathi and Mr Yechury along with former CPI(M) Geneal Secretary Prakash Karat were the contemporaries in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the time of Emergency.
Tripathi was elected JNU student's union president, and later, he taught politics in Allahabad University too. Born in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur on January 6, 1954, Tripathi was the general secretary and spokesperson of the NCP, as well as one of the most prominent leaders in national politics. Tripathi, one of the supporter of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, left the Congress as he was opposed to Sonia Gandhi, president of the party, becoming Prime Minister (because of her foreign origin). He joined the Nationalist Congress Party in 1999. (UNI)