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Mulayam Singh Yadav, founder of the Samajwadi Party, passed away after a protracted illness. He was 82. The seasoned statesman, who was receiving treatment at Gurugram's Medanta Hospital, has previously held the office of Uttar Pradesh's chief minister. He had previously served as the defence minister of India.

On August 22, Mulayam Singh Yadav was brought into the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. Over the previous few years, he had been dealing with health concerns.

His son, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, was cited as stating in a party statement, "My esteemed father has passed away." Soon after the news of his passing spread, tributes began to stream in.