NEW DELHI: General Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party and former Member of Parliament of the Rajya Sabha D.P.Tripathi passed away yesterday.
He was battling with a terminal illness and passed away at the age of 67.
D.P Tripathi is fondly remembered by all, as a veracious speaker, a man of intellect and a mentor to many.
Supriya Sule leader of the NCP expressed her grievance stating “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of DP Tripathi. He was the General Secretary of NCP and a guide and mentor to all of us. We will miss his wise counsel and guidance which he had given us from the day NCP was established. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers with his family members. Heartfelt condolences”.
DP Tripathi was the face of the resistance against the Indian Emergency declared by the Indira Gandhi government back in 1975. He was serving as the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU). ” He led the fight against Emergency in JNU and was jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) throughout the period. He was a courageous leader who stood up. JNUSU was one of the few university unions which came out boldly against the Emergency. Tripathi symbolized that struggle” said the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) leader Prakash Karat.
Minister of External Affairs and alumni of JNU, Dr. S. Jaishankar said that “since 1973 when we joined JNU, have discussed and debated the world with him. Always open-minded and pragmatic. Will miss him very much”.
DP Tripathi was a great friend of Nepal. He was compassionate regarding pro-democracy movements and attended a meeting in Kathmandu in 1989 during the struggle for democracy in Nepal.
He also played an important role to pave way for a political resolution during the absolute rule of King Gyanendra. He always expressed solidarity with the people of Nepal.
DP Tripathi was honored in the first session of the Nepalese parliament as a special guest.