“Country has lost true fighter and statesman”

Governor on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise Gangtok, 16 Aug: Governor Shriniwas Patil has expressed deep sadness and grief on the demise of former Prime Minister of India, Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at AIIMS New Delhi this afternoon. In a press communiqué received from Raj Bhavan, the Governor wrote, “I am deeply anguished and shocked by the news of the demise of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi today following prolonged illness. An outstanding Parliamentarian, prolific orator and finest poet in the contemporary Hindi literary world, Late Vajpayee’s persona and aura won him accolades and salutations the world over. One of the most respected Parliamentarians in modern times, he was fondly called as Azatshatru across the political arena. His love for the country found reflections in his poems enriched with nationalist fervour, his will power as the leader of the country to attain the nuclear capability to secure the sovereignty and integrity of the country despite international pressures and sanctions makes him the tallest leader among his contemporaries. His vision for the developed India of twenty-first century and his initiatives to create the world class network of highways across the length and breadth of the country, the golden quadrilateral, the project of linking rivers, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana etc. have inspired the Young India and have touched the lives of millions. I had the fortune of listening to his fiery speeches in the Lok Sabha during my first term as Member of Parliament from Karad constituency of Maharashtra from 1999 to 2004. I have fond memories of experiencing the vibrancy of democracy inside the House whenever Late Vajpayee Ji stood up to speak as the Leader of the House which was often applauded by the opposition bench. With his demise, the country has lost a fighter, a nationalist and a statesman in true sense, who never compromised on his ideals and interest of the country. He has left behind a huge void in the political spectrum of the country which will always be felt by the countrymen. The country has lost a gem and a noble soul. At this time of National mourning, I join the people of Sikkim and my fellow countrymen to pay tributes and offer my deepest condolences. I pray to the almighty for bestowing strength to the family members to cope with this irreparable loss.”