Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP stalwart died in New Delhi on August 16. He was 93.
He was one of India’s most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics.
Tributes poured in for the BJP veteran from all political fronts.
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A reasoned critique in opposition and a seeker of consensus as PM, Atal Ji was a democrat to the core. In his passing away, India has lost a great son and an era has come to an end. My deepest condolences.
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 16, 2018
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the effulgent shining star in India’s political firmament, was a friendly and lovable Prime Minister India has had. In his passing away, India has lost a multi-faceted ‘Ratna’, a diamond that adorned Bharata Mata for many decades. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/VqdTYoCs1X — VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) 16 August 2018
His slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Vigyan’ became a popular slogan underscoring the importance of Defence, Science and Agriculture in making India a secure and developed nation. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/d5o2iK5Xw3 — VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) 16 August 2018
मैं नि:शब्द हूं, शून्य में हूं, लेकिन भावनाओं का ज्वार उमड़ रहा है। हम सभी के श्रद्धेय अटल जी हमारे बीच नहीं रहे। अपने जीवन का प्रत्येक पल उन्होंने राष्ट्र को समर्पित कर दिया था। उनका जाना, एक युग का अंत है। — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 16 August 2018
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. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 16 August 2018
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. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 16 August 2018
Saddened by the demise of Atalji, unquestionably one of the tallest leaders of India. His contribution to India and India’s democracy will be always remembered.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 16, 2018
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter:
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. #AtalBihariVajpayee — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 16 August 2018
Mamata Banerjee tweeted:
Very very saddened that the great statesman and former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is no more with us. His passing away is a very big loss to our nation. I will always cherish the many fond memories. Condolences to his family and his many admirers
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 16, 2018