Sai Baba’s life inspired people: Sonia GandhiApril 24th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday expressed her condolences to the devotees of Sathya Sai Baba who passed away earlier in the day.
“I am pained at the demise of Puttaparthi Sai Baba. He was a spiritual person whom millions followed. His life has inspired people in the country and abroad towards spirituality and religion,” Gandhi said in a statement released here.
“In addition, the institutions he created for social benefits will be remembered for long. The vacuum created by his death is uncommon. At this sad moment I express my heartfelt condolence to his devotees,” she said.
In Shimla, Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal expressed sorrow over Sai Baba’s demise.
“Charitable works of Sathya Sai Baba were exemplary and contributed immensely in the upliftment of the poor and needy,” Urmila Singh said in a statement.
Dhumal said Baba was a source of inspiration to people of all faiths.
Sathya Sai Baba, one of India’s most famous spiritual leaders with millions of followers in the country and abroad, died at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh Sunday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 85.