Pranab condoles passing away of ex-Governor A.R. Kidwai

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the death of A.R. Kidwai, a former parliamentarian and Governor.

Extending his condolences to Kidwai's son Monis Kidwai, the President said: "I am sad to learn about the passing away of A.R. Kidwai, an esteemed colleague and a dear friend of long years."

"A freedom fighter, distinguished parliamentarian and administrator, Kidwai served the nation in various capacities, including as the Governor of Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan," he said.

"In his death, the nation has lost an eminent leader whose services to the nation will always be remembered."

Kidwai, who is survived by two sons and four daughters, passed away on Wednesday at a hospital here after a brief illness. He was 96.