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Politicians express shock over Bhayyu Maharaj's death

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Political leaders cutting across party lines expressed shock and over the "untimely" death of spiritual guru Bhayyu Maharaj, who allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in today.

tweeted that he learnt about the death of the spiritual guru, with whom he had a "personal relationship".

"His untimely death is saddening. My humble tributes," Gadkari said in the tweet.

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 Bhayyu Maharaj's activities.

The CM said his 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," Fadnavis said on

also expressed "pain" over Bhayyu Maharaj's demise.

"May his soul rest in peace. Can't believe the still," he wrote on the

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

The "untimely death" of Bhayyuji Maharaj, who was "ever smiling, enthusiastic and one giving is saddening", the said on

His party colleague and former state remembered the 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.

observed that the had taken part in several social works in and

"May his soul rest in peace," Malik tweeted.

The 50-year-old allegedly shot himself at his home in Indore, police said.

Bhayyu 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. 20:40 IST