Political leaders cutting across the party lines expressed shock over the death of spiritual guru Bhaiyyu Maharaj, who allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in Indore today.
Fadnavis said farmers and tribals were at the centre of Bhaiyyu Maharaj's activities.
"Bhaiyyu Maharaj's work towards land reforms, water conservation, farmers (welfare) and education of children will always be remembered. Tributes to him!
"Am part of mourning of his big family and followers," the chief minister said on Twitter.
Hailing Bhaiyyu Maharaj for carrying forward the legacy of spirituality in Maharashtra, Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the news of his death was "shocking and unbelievable".
"A lot of political people used to meet him. He was a spiritual person, who motivated people to do good. He visited Maharashtra frequently and met a lot of people and was also involved in social work here," Chavan said in his condolence message.
"May his soul rest in peace," Malik said on the micro-blogging site.
The 50-year-old spiritual leader allegedly shot himself at his home in Indore, police said.
Bhaiyyu Maharaj, whose original name was Uday Singh Deshmukh, was one of the five 'saints' to whom the Shivraj Singh government in Madhya Pradesh had granted Minister of State (MoS) rank in April.
However, he had refused to accept it, saying "a post holds no importance for a saint".
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