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Politicians express shock over Bhaiyyu Maharaj's death

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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 today.

"Learnt about the death of spiritual guru Shri I had personal relationship with him. His untimely death is saddening. My humble tributes," Union minister tweeted.

expressed similar sentiments and hailed the spiritual guru for the "huge work" he did for the deprived in and

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 said on

Hailing for carrying forward the legacy of spirituality in Maharashtra, of the Opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the of his death was "shocking and unbelievable".

"The untimely death of Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, who was ever smiling, enthusiastic and one giving energy, is saddening. #RIP #BhaiyyujiMaharaj," the said on

His party colleague and former state remembered the spiritual for his social and political work, which he said was aimed at helping the common people.

"A lot of political people used to meet him. He was a spiritual person, who motivated people to do good. He visited frequently and met a lot of people and was also involved in social work here," Chavan said in his condolence message.

also expressed grief and observed that the had taken part in several social works in and

"May his soul rest in peace," Malik said on the

The 50-year-old 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 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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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 17:30 IST