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Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead: "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," Rahul Gandhi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 17, 2018 7:28:23 am
Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at the age of 93.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He breathed his last at 5.05 pm at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over Vajpayee’s demise and said, “I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now.Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation.”

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Overwhelmed with sorrow, President Ram Nath Kovind said he was “extremely sad” to hear the passing of the former PM and a “true Indian statesman”.

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi too expressed his condolence to Vajpayee’s family and all his admirers. “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,” said Gandhi.

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23:33 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Bharat loses its gleaming Ratna: Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly tweeted, "Bharat loses its gleaming Ratna...An amazing soul .. may his soul rest in peace." Vajpayee was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 2015.

23:12 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Pakistan's PM-designate Imran Khan extends his condolences, says 'Sub-continent has lost visionary political figure today'

Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PYI) chief Imran Khan also extended his condolences over the sad demise of the former PM. The Prime-Minister Imran Khan said, “The sub-continent has lost a phenomenal and a visionary political figure today." Lauding his role in maintaining Pakistan-India bilateral relations, Imran Khan stated that his contribution will never be forgotten.
The PTI chairman stated that there could be political differences between the two countries, however, the desire to establish peace exists on both sides of the border. 
Khan also said that the former PM’s sad demise has created a vacuum in the political arena of the sub-continent. In order to pay homage to his tireless services, he said, we can resort to the establishment and promotion of peace across the region. “I extend sympathies to the people of India in this hour of grief,” he said.

23:05 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Vajpayee's amiability, generosity unique aspects of his personality: Sushma Swaraj
23:04 (IST)16 Aug 2018
The void behind will remain forever: Mohan Bhagwat

Taking to Twitter, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said, "A great personality, a steadfast and universally accepted leader, who instilled Bharatiya culture and values in public life, Atalji has left us today. The void left behind will remain forever. We join the nation in paying our deepest respects to the departed soul."

22:26 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh recalls his time working under Vajpayee

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed deep sorrow and said Vajpayee was his "guru" and "father figure".

"Over 2.50 crore people of Chhattisgarh will always remember him as the founder of this state.  In 1998, Vajpayee had promised to form Chhattisgarh while addressing a massive public rally in Raipur and he fulfilled his promise in 2000 (the year the state came into existence)," he said.

Recalling his time with Vajpayee, Singh said he had the opportunity to work under the leadership of Vajpayee from 1999 to 2003 as a Union minister.

22:19 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Imran Khan remembers Vajpayee's attempts for betterment of India-Pak relations
22:18 (IST)16 Aug 2018
His death leaves behind a huge void: Sonia Gandhi

Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi says, "throughout his life, he stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts whether as a parliaemntarian, a cabinet minister or PM."

22:10 (IST)16 Aug 2018
He was a tree under whose shade many found refuge: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan
22:04 (IST)16 Aug 2018
British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith grieves the death of Vajpayee
22:03 (IST)16 Aug 2018
We never had any differences: CM N Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu says "nation has lost a great statesman". Describing Vajpayee as believer of national development, Naidu recalls the time during Kargil when Vajapayee's "statesmanship and great fighting spirit" were witnessed by him.

"I had a good rapport with him. We never had any difference," says Naidu.

21:56 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Sonia Gandhi mourns passing away of Vajpayee

21:53 (IST)16 Aug 2018
He was our friend & highly respected in Bangladesh: PM Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expresses her heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the government, people and Vajpayee's family members.

In remembrance of the former PM , Hasina calls Vajpayee her friend and recalls his invaluable contribution to the Liberation War in 1971 and how the Bangladesh government had conferred on him the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour.

21:43 (IST)16 Aug 2018
India has lost the most admired and respected 'Bhishma Pitamah' of public life: Maharashtra Governor

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao mourned the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee referring him as India's most admired and respected 'Bhishma Pitamah'.

Reminiscing Vajpayee's oratory skills and his poetry, rao added, "In his demise, India has lost the most admired and respected 'Bhishma Pitamah' of public life; while I have lost my dearest leader."

He called Vajpayee as his "idol" and mian inpiration to enter into public life.

21:38 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Pakistan government mourns Vajpayee's demise

Pakistan government mourns Vajpayee's death and recalls his contributions in bringing a change in Indo-Pak relations and a key supporter of SAARC and regional cooperation for development.

21:28 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik grieves over the passing of Vajpayee
21:21 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses nation, sends condolence over Vajpayee's demise

After a sending his deep condolence via Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and referred to Vajpayee as India's 'anmol ratan'. 'We are at a loss of words. His demise has marked the end of an era. In Atal ji's passing away, it is as if I have lost my father. It's a void which can never be filled. My condolences are with his family. His simplicity will always aspire us,' said Modi. 

"His loss is beyond words. It is an end of an era. He taught me the value of organisation and rule and gave me the strength and support for it. Whenever he would meet, he would offer a hug," says Modi. 

21:06 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee write to Vajpayee's daughter

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former president Pranab Mukherjee wrote to Vajpayee' adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya and paid their condolences.

21:01 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and other state signatories express their grief

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das expressed despair over Vajpayee's demise, calling Vajpayee his "guru" akin to his father. Das referred Vajpayee as the "creator" of Jharkhand and said the void would be impossible to fill.

Former Jharkhand chief minister and JMM president Shibu Soren said Vajpayee's demise has left an irreparable loss to politics.

Governor Droupadi Murmu said Vajpayee was not popular just in India but all over the world. He further said Vajpayee was known as a successful creator of coalition politics, never used disrespectful language and dedicated his life for the uplift and welfare of the country and mentioned the quadrilateral roads, Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan, self-help groups, women's uplift and rural road works taken during his time.

20:48 (IST)16 Aug 2018
Seven-day state mourning and government holiday tomorrow announced by states

On the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's, Central government announced a seven-day state mourning throughout India, during which the national flag will be flown at half-mast across the country. State funeral will also be accorded. Following the Central government's announcement, state government including Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Bihar, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and Delhi declared mourning and declared a government holiday tomorrow.

20:34 (IST)16 Aug 2018
The poor has lost their voice: BJP President Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah holds a press conference and calls Vajpayee the pole star of the Indian sky. Shah claims it impossible to fill Vajpayee's absence in politics and hails Vajpayee's patriotism. 'Whatever Atal Ji spoke, he spoke in the favour of the country, be it his fight against the Emergency, his stand for Bangladesh or his effort in proliferating Hindi, he did not just work as the chief of the BJP but worked as a politician for the country. May the God give all of us the strength to cope with the demise of Atal ji,' says Shah. 

'The country has lost its poet, its orator, the poor have lost its voice, and many youths have lost their inspiration with Atal Ji's demise,' says Shah. 

Further, Shah informed at 9 am tomorrow, Vajpayee's mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters. At 1 pm his last journey will begin and the funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal. 

A host of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the BJP patriarch at AIIMS. A voracious reader, Vajpayee was widely known and respected for his love for poetry and as an eloquent speaker. He was conferred Padma Vibhushan in 1992 in recognition of his services to the nation.

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