Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the sad demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “We are in deep pain by the demise of the former and one of the best prime ministers of India, an ocean of knowledge, an excellent orator, a great humanitarian,” Fadnavis said.
“It is impossible to believe that Atalji is no more, it’s an irreparable loss. Atalji will continue to inspire us by his thoughts, principles and teachings. He will be a role model for generations to come.”
“Atalji was a loving leader for one and all and was determined to make our nation strong. He devoted his entire life for the nation. It is always a pleasure to listen to him, be it in Parliament or public meetings,” he further said.
Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao, in a condolence message, said, “Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee ji was one of the most towering political geniuses to have dominated the political space in India after Independence. Under the leadership of Atal Behari Vajpayee Ji, India asserted its rightful position as a global leader.”
NCP President Sharad Pawar, in his condolence message, said that we have lost a great soul, an eloquent poet, orator par excellence, an excellent human being and one of the greatest Parliamentarians of India.
“His speeches were imbued with affection, compassion and so engaging that it would readily connect and win hearts. During Parliamentary debates, even from the Opposition benches, he would steal the show. I had been fortunate to have many experiences of such enlightened speeches,” Pawar said.
Pawar further said, “His speech in Hindi before UN General Assembly during his tenure as Minister of External Affairs made all Indians proud and left representatives from other nations spell bound and speechless!”
“His approach on Kashmir Valley, a Vajpayee doctrine, is one of the best acclaimed initiatives taken to resolve the crisis in the Valley. He called for peace, progress and prosperity in the Valley by imbibing the spirit of Insaniyat (Humanity), Jamhuriyat (Democracy) and Kashmiriyat (Identity of the people of Kashmir). The Delhi-Lahore Bus Service Sada-e-Sarhad (Call of the Frontier) was his historic step re-affirming his commitment to resolve bilateral issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in a peaceful manner and through dialogue and through people to people connect. His passing away is a personal loss, having spent numerous years in our parliamentary life together, and an irreparable loss to our country. I pray for eternal peace for his departed soul,” Pawar added.
Ashok Chavan, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress, said, “With the passing away of former prime minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the country has lost a leader who was a paragon of high moral values in public life.”
“India has lost a leader who was an epitome of high moral values in public life,” Chavan stated.
Chavan said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his 50 years of public life was 3 time prime minister and a tall leader, who was widely respected across party lines. Apart from being a great orator in Parliament, he was also a great and sensitive poet.
Vikhe Patil, LoP in Legislative Assembly, said, “Atal Bihari Vajpayee never compromised with the situation. He was a great leader and a person with ideology. On one hand, he was a politician and on the other hand, he was a very sensitive poet. It was a rare composition of a human being.”
Dhananjay Munde, LoP in legislative council, said, “It is a loss of a great leader in Indian politics. He was an ideal person among all the politicians. He had a good skill to co-ordinate the opposition leaders and the leaders in power. His speeches are assets in the history of Parliament. Sad demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a loss of the nation.”