Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party patriarch, dies at 82

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has died after a prolonged spell of illness.

Mulayam Singh Yadav was admitted to the Gurugram's Medanta Hospital on August 22

He had been tackling health issues over the last few years.

“Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji distinguished himself in UP and national politics.

UP assembly speaker Satish Mahana, condoling the death, said: "It's a very sad moment.

Mulayam Singh ji embodied great spirit and will be hugely missed," Mahana said.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh had also visited him at the hospital.

Mulayam Singh Yadav was fondly called as “Netaji” by his admirers.

His death comes as the state of UP is set to hold its local body polls.