New Delhi: Former Union Minister and Congress leader Buta Singh passed away on Saturday, news agency ANI reported.  He was 86.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 5 Members of Gang in UP TET Question Paper Leak Incident Arrested

Expressing grief over the leader’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Singh was an “effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden”. Also Read - Highlights of the Day: 'Honoured And Humbled,' Parag Agrawal on Being Named New Twitter CEO

“Shri Buta Singh Ji was an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden. Saddened by his passing away. My condolences to his family and supporters”, tweeted PM.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the nation has lost a true public crusader and dedicated leader. Also Read - New COVID-19 Variant 'Serious Threat', Bad Vaccination Figures Cannot Be Hidden: Rahul Gandhi

Singh was first elected to the Indian Parliament from the Sadhna constituency. He was associated with the Congress party since Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister. He was considered close to former Indian Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.