Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and former External Affairs minister K Natwar Singh today expressed grief over the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.
In his condolence message, Kumar described Castro as a "revolutionary leader" and a "successful administrator".
The JD(U) president said he had a chance to meet Castro during a World Youth festival in Hawana in 1978.
Former Union minister Natwar Singh said the Cuban leader stood by India through thick and thin.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said in a statement, "In the fight against imperialist forces, Castro stood out as a warrior. He not only toiled to build Cuba, but also became exemplary of fighting spirit."
Leader of Opposition in Andhra Assembly Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said Castro kept the Communist flag flying for decades.
"He showed the world how a small country could live on its own terms without bowing to external pressures," Jagan said in a statement.
AP Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy and vice-president S Sailajanath also mourned Castro's demise.
Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule, died Friday night at age 90.
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