The Communist Party of India (CPI) has condoled the demise of I.K. Gujral, and said that the former Prime Minister 'always stood for peace and development'.
CPI leader D. Raja said the former Prime Minister contributed in shaping India's foreign policy as Foreign Minister and was a very excellent diplomat
"The Communist Party of India pays its rich tributes to Mr. I.K. Gujral. He was Prime Minister of this country for a brief period. He was head of the United Front Government in which Communist Party was part of the government. I could see Mr. Gujral in close quarters not only as Prime Minister; Mr. Gujral contributed in shaping India's foreign policy as Foreign Minister, as a very excellent diplomat," said Raja.
"He always stood for peace and development. And it is a loss for the country. He was a secular person and man of conviction and principles," he added.
Raja further said Gujral has left behind a marvelous autobiography from growing up along Jhelum to becoming the Prime Minister of the country.
"There are lots of things to learn from his life. He was very soft spoken, very friendly, very affectionate person," he added.
Former Prime Minister Gujral will be cremated in the national capital at 3 p.m. near Samata Sthal today. He will be given a state funeral.
State mourning will be observed from November 30 to December 6 both days inclusive.
During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast where it is regularly flown and there will be no official entertainment.
The body of Gujral, who breathed his last in Gurgaon yesterday, has been kept at his residence in Janpath for the public to pay their last respects.
Gujral, who was admitted to Gurgaon's Medanta hospital on November 19 with a lung infection, had been on dialysis for over a year.
Gujral, who was the Prime Minister of the country for the year between 1997 and 1998, is best known for his 'Gujral Doctrine' that proposed closer ties with India and her neighbours. (ANI)