New Delhi: Veteran Samajwadi Party leader and former MLC Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away after a prolonged illness. The 92-year-old leader breathed his last at his native village in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh at 9 pm on Saturday. His last rites were performed on Sunday. Also Read - SP Objects to Use of Red, Green Tiles in Railway Hospital Toilet, Calls it Insult to Party Flag

Speaking to reporters, his grandson Gaurav Yadav said that he had recently returned home from a Kanpur hospital; however, he was not keeping well and his health deteriorated again. Also Read - Blow to Mayawati As 5 BSP MLAs Withdraw Support, Set to Join Samajwadi Party

The late leader shared his name with Samajwadi Party patriarch and former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav. He was also considered as one of the close aides of former SP president. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Founder Mulayam Singh Yadav Tests COVID-19 Positive, Currently Asymptomatic

Expressing grief over his demise, SP president Akhilesh Yadav said that the three-time MLC worked for the farmers, poor, and people from underprivileged backgrounds his entire life.

Mulayam Singh Yadav became a sarpanch in 1949 and emerged victorious on the post five times consecutively. From 1973 to 1988, he was block chief of Bhagya Nagar and was then elected to the member of the Legislative Council for the first time in 1990. Till 2010, Yadav continued to be a member of the Legislative Council from the local body constituency.