GANGTOK, 17 Aug:
Sikkim Democratic Front paid rich tribute to the former Prime Minister of India, AtalBihari Vajpayee in a condolence meeting held today. The ruling party has expressed its heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of the great leader Bharat RatnaAtalBihari Vajpayee and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
During the meeting, SDF remembered the close relationship the State had with the former Prime Minister. The meeting also observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
SDF Spokesperson, BhimDahalsaid that AtalBihari Vajpayee was a great visionary leader and SDF deeply mourns his demise. He mentioned about the close relationship of the former PM with Sikkim and Chief Minister PawanChamling.
“AtalBihari Vajpayee was very close to Sikkim and our leader PawanChamling. He visited Sikkim during his tenure as the PM and was always concerned and sensitive towards the demands, progress and development of Sikkim,” Mr Dahal expressed.
SDF Spokesperson, KT Gyaltsen mentioned that the nation has lost a great son and visionary leader and his demise was the end of an era. He stated that AtalBihari Vajpayee was a non-Congress PM to successfully completethe 5 years tenure and his political career is an inspiration to all. He added that it is a time to contemplate and discuss his vision and ideology in politics.
SDF Spokesperson, TN Sharma stated that AtalBihari Vajpayee was a great statesman and spoke about the bold decisions and works of the former PM.
SDF general secretary [press & publicity], KavitaSubba said that he was a great icon of Raj Dharma and the nation has lost a great poet, leader and personality.
SDF publicity secretary, Krishna Kharel stated that the people of Sikkim will always remember the former PM adding that Sikkim made significant achievements during his tenure as PM.
Press Club of Sikkim president, Joseph Lepcha stated that the demise of AtalBihari Vajpayee was the end of an era and a great loss to the nation. He mentioned that media fraternity has paid rich tribute and heartfelt condolence on the demise of a journalist and a poet. While sharing his personal meeting with the former PM during his Sikkim visit in 2003, Mr Lepcha stated that the former PM was like a friend to Sikkim.
Likewise, senior journalist PadamChettri also spoke about the life of Late AtalBihari Vajpayee and another journalist PrabinKhalingrecited a poem written by the former PM translated in Nepali.
It is informed that SDF has also postponed the first semi-final of its talent hunt programme, HimaliPratibhaKoKhoj.