Thursday, 16 August 2018

'Gentle Giant' Atal Bihari Vajpayee no more

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The world on Thursday lost a 'Gentle Giant' with the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi after prolonged illness. He was 93.
From President Ram Nath Kovind to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the politicos expressed grief over Vajpayee's demise.
President Kovind wrote on Twitter, "Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all #PresidentKovind."
Prime Minister Modi described the passing away of his party's veteran as the "end of an era".
"India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji. His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti," tweeted Prime Minister Modi.
In a thread of emotional statements on the micro-blogging site, he further wrote, "It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India."
Describing Vajpayee's death as "a personal loss", the Prime Minister further said, "Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories with him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit."
Prime Minister Modi was an ardent admirer of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Describing the former Prime Minister's contribution to the formation of BJP, he added, "It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick. He travelled across the length and breadth of India to spread the BJP's message, which led to the BJP becoming a strong force in our national polity and in several states."
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu described Vajpayee as "a true Indian" and said, "Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is 'ajatshatru' of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum."
The 93-year-old Vajpayee breathed his last at 5:05 pm here on Thursday.
Announcing the demise, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in a press release wrote, "Shri Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today."
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "This is a very sad moment for us. Shortly his mortal remains will be taken to his residence where people can pay tribute to him."
Expressing his grief, Rajnath tweeted, "Pained beyond words at the demise of Shri Atalji. He had cherished the ideal of a developed and powerful India in which all persons lived together in unity, peace and harmony."
"Atalji was a true 'Ajatshatru' who had many friends across the political spectrum. He believed in political consensus and his beliefs had consequential effect on Indian politics," he further wrote.
"In Atalji's demise the nation has lost a stalwart who was known for statesmanship and astute leadership. It is also a huge personal loss to me," the Home Minister tweeted, adding, "I am one of those millions of Indians who drew inspiration from Atalji's life and contribution. I cannot fully imagine my own life without following the footprints that Atalji set. May his soul rest in peace."



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