Former BJP PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93: Very very saddened that the great statesman and former PM Vajpayee is no more. The announcement was made by All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS).
Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee died today after a prolonged illness. He was 93 years old. The prolific and well-respected politician, an orator par excellence and a man well-known for his quick wit became the Prime Minister of India not once but thrice. At the age of 93, Vajpayee was also the oldest living Prime Minister of India and one that was born before India gained Independence.
Here’s what leaders have to say.
LK Advani: I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years.
I cherish the memories of my long association with him, right from our days as Pracharaks of the RSS, to the inception of Bharatiya Jana Singh, the struggle of the dark months during the Emergency leading to the formation of Janata Party and later the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.
Atalji will be remembered as the pioneer of the first ever stable non-Congress coalition government at the Centre and I had the privilege of working as his deputy for six years.
As my senior, he always encouraged and guided me in every possible manner.
His captivating leadership qualities, mesmerising oratory, soaring patriotism and above all, his sterling humane qualities like compassion, humility and his remarkable ability to win over adversories despite ideological differences have all had a profound effect on me in all my years in public life.
I will miss Atalji immensely…
Narendra Modi: 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.
Rahul Gandhi: “Today India lost a great son. Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him,” Rahul Gandhi’s tweet read.