Politicians, admen, corporate honchos, Bollywood stars and commoners expressed grief and shock over the passing away of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, who died today of cardio-respiratory failure. Not all the comments were charitable, though. Here is what some of them had to say:
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Full of life, Balasaheb Thackeray was an epitome of courage & valour. I am grieved to hear about his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
Dr Manmohan Singh @PMOIndia
Prime Minister calls Shiv Sena leader Shri Udhav Thackeray to offer condolences upon the loss of his father and leader of Shiv Sena.
Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwarajbjp
I am terribly pained to hear that the Lion is dead.
Anand Mahindra @anandmahindra
Bal Thackeray was both revered&feared but never ignored.Maharashtra was his pride&passion.Citizens of this state will miss their champion
Amitabh Bachchan @SrBachchan
T 935 - I sat by his bedside for hours these past few days, a prayer in my heart, watching him struggling to breathe, but fighting ..
T 935 - Each day he continued his struggle with a grit that was baffling even for the doctors on hand ..
T 935 - And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine ...
T 935 - ... that he has left us !
SUHEL SETH @suhelseth
RIP Bal Thackeray...let there be peace
SUHEL SETH @suhelseth
One may have disagreed with Bal Thackeray's politics but you could never doubt either his nationalism or his zest for life!
Ajay Devgn @ajaydevgn
A man of convictions and a man of vision. A great leader. Rest in peace Balasaheb!
Salil Tripathi @saliltripathi
The doctors treating Bal Thackeray are Jaleel Parkar, Prakash Jindani, and Samad Ansari. Need one say more how flawed his politics was?
Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep
Tiger, Godfather, Mumbai icon, hero for many, villain for others. # Balasaheb Thackeray RIP.
Shobhaa De @DeShobhaa
Maharashtra's mighty Tiger roars no more. RIP,Balasaheb Thackeray..
KABIR BEDI @iKabirBedi
My condolences to the entire family of #Balasaheb Thackeray. Was always a major influence in the politics of Maharashtra. RIP Bal Thackeray.
Vivek Oberoi @vivek_oberoi
RIP Balasaheb---The Roaring Tiger of Maharashtra! Our prayers are with the Thackeray family and the millions of followers!
Ranganathan Madhavan @ActorMadhavan
Rip BalaSaheb Bal Thackeray.The mighty Tiger bids farewell.
Milind Deora @milinddeora
Ideologies & politics aside, Balasaheb was unique & his influence on Maharashtra politics is undeniable. Often imitated but never duplicated
Angry Bombay Girl @shadymumbai
Dear God ...WTF !! First the Wrong Chopra ...Then The Wrong Sardar ...and now the Wrong Thackeray . RIP Bal Thackeray . Rip Shiv Sena
Anuradha SenGupta @anuradhasays
Bal Thackeray was a proud Maharashtrian but his divisive, parochial and violent politics may not have helped India's most progressive state.
Amit Jaiswal Jain @ArkJaiswal
17th November is day of loss for hindus and Bharat.. 84 years ago on this day, we lost Lala Lajpat Rai & today we lost Balasaheb Thackeray.
Avinash Iyer @IyerAvin
Pataudi gone. Balasaheb Thackeray gone. It's time we take 'Save the tiger' movement seriously.
Akhilesh Mishra @amishra77
Balasaheb Thackeray passes away. He was a Tiger while he lived and passes away on his own terms. May his soul find peace.
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