Mulayam Singh Yadav’s village prepares to say farewell to three-time UP chief minister


Multiple helipads, waterproof pandals and an unprecedented police bandobast will mark the last rites of Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch and three-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav in his native village Sefai on Tuesday afternoon, India time.

The cremation of the late politician is expected to be attended by a large number of VIPs.

Yadav died in Gurugram (earlier called Gurgaon) on Monday after a prolonged illness. Yadav was 82 and was on life support for a week. He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on August 22.

The founder of the Samajwadi Party was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Medanta hospital in Gurugram on October 1, with breathing problems and was later shifted to the ICU of the hospital due to his critical condition. He was later placed on life-supporting drugs.

“As of now we cannot disclose the names but the tentative list includes a large number of top politicians from the Centre and state,” a senior district official said.

Party workers said they have been up all night preparing the ground for cremation, space for parking of cars and helipads.

SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, said, “The body will be brought to the ‘pandal’ for the last ‘darshan’ on Tuesday morning. It will be taken to the cremation ground around 3 pm.”

He added, “The funeral will be held at the family cremation site also called ‘Samadhi Sthal’ near the Sefai Mahotsav venue. It was here that Mulayam Singh’s brother Ratan Singh Yadav was also cremated,” he said.

A pyre of sandalwood is being prepared for his last rites and party workers and perfume traders from Kannauj are reaching Sefai with sandalwood and flowers.

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