Gopinath Munde
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Tributes and condolences have been flowing in numbers for senior BJP leader and union minister for rural development Gopinath Munde, who died of a heart-attack, after his car met with an accident early Tuesday morning.

Munde was reportedly on his way to the Delhi airport, when his car met with an accident at around 6:20 am this morning in the Moti Bagh area of the capital city.

Having just been sworn in as a cabinet minister last week in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, Munde was on his way to Mumbai, where he was to address a series of public meetings in Beed, his Lok Sabha constituency.

Soon after he was pronounced dead at 7:20am in the trauma centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, tributes and condolence messages have been flooding social media platforms such as Twitter, with the words 'RIP Gopinath Munde' instantly becoming a trend. 

Among those who expressed great sadness and shock over Munde's demise was the Prime Minister himself.

Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh was also quick to react on the news.

Here are some more tributes for the leader from other important public figures:

Here are some of the most touching messages on the 'RIP Gopinath Munde' trend: