Former Union Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Beni Prasad Verma (79) passed away on March 27. He was also a Rajya Sabha MP from the Samajwadi Party.
The veteran leader had served as the Union Communication Minister from 1996 to 1998 in the cabinet of HD Deve Gowda and was appointed the Steel Minister in 2011 during the tenure of Manmohan Singh."The demise of senior Samajwadi Party leader, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister respected Beni Prasad Verma Ji, our dear Babu Ji, is an irreparable loss. Condolences to the bereaved family! Centenary greetings and tearful tributes," the Samajwadi Party tweeted in Hindi.
समाजवादी पार्टी के वरिष्ठ नेता, राज्यसभा सांसद एवं पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री आदरणीय बेनी प्रसाद वर्मा जी एवं हम सबके प्रिय 'बाबू जी' जी का निधन अपूरणीय क्षति है। शोकाकुल परिजनों के प्रति संवेदना! शत-शत नमन एवं अश्रुपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि।
— Samajwadi Party (@samajwadiparty) March 27, 2020
Verma briefly joined the Congress party in 2009 but returned to the fold of the Samajwadi Party in 2016.
SP leader Akhilesh Yadav also condoled the death of the party's veteran leader. He tweeted, "The founding member of Samajwadi Party and former Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma ji 'Beni Babu Ji' passed away. Deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace."
समाजवादी पार्टी के संस्थापक सदस्य एवं पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री बेनी प्रसाद वर्मा जी ' बेनी बाबू जी ' का निधन अत्यंत दुःखद! परिजनों के प्रति गहरी संवेदना। ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करे। pic.twitter.com/PukKI0Zi8J— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 27, 2020