President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and said, ‘Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all.’
New Delhi: The nation mourns the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died at 93.
He breathed his last on Thursday, August 16. Soon after the news of his death became public, President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and said, “Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all.”
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also mourned the death of Vajpayee and called him “the tallest leader
in India post-independence”.
“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,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out heartfelt tweets after the former prime minister passed. “I am
speechless, I am in a vacuum, but my emotions overflow. Our beloved Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no
more with us. He spent each moment of his life for the country. His passing is the end of an era.”
He further said: “It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atalji that 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.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condoled the death of Vajpayee and said his passing
away is a big loss to the country. “I will always cherish the many fond memories,” Banerjee, who was
the Railways minister in Vajpayee government, tweeted.
Calling Vajpayee “an outstanding parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister”, former prime minister
Manmohan Singh also mourned the death of Atal Bihari.
“I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. An
excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional public servant, an outstanding parliamentarian and
a great Prime Minister,” he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had appealed to his party’s volunteers and well-wishers to avoid celebrating his birthday today, also condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said his death was “a great loss” for the country.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi Thursday evening at the age of 93 following a prolonged illness.