Atalji no more

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2018 08:37:27


The Hitavada Delhi Bureau/Agencies,

‘AJATSHATRU’ of Indian politics and the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full term in office, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday. He was 93. Described in political circles as a statesman of independent India, tallest Indian leader, mesmerising orator, and a real patriot, Atalji was a model for all politicians. An era came to an end with his sad demise. “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee at 5.05 pm,” AIIMS hospital said in a statement. The BJP veteran was admitted to the AIIMS here on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection.

Vajpayee, a bachelor, is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya.His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital where he was admitted June 11 with a variety of ailments.
The AIIMS said in a statement that his condition was stable for the last nine weeks, but “unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems.” “Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today. We join the Nation in deeply mourning this great loss,” said the statement by Dr (Prof) Aarti Vij.

Vajpayee, a diabetic, had only one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia. Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Opposition leaders drove to AIIMS as it became clear that the end was near. “It was Atalji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century,” Modi said.


Vajpayee, who joined the Rastriya Swamsevak Sangha (RSS) in 1947 rose through ranks to become a stalwart of the BJP and was the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full term in office.  “It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick,” Modi said in a tweet.  “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,” he added.

Seen as a moderate face of BJP, Vajpayee’s first became Prime Minister in 1996, leading a shaky coalition whose members were suspicious of the BJP’s right-wing politics. It lasted for 13 days and collapsed after losing a vote of no-confidence. His second stint as PM was in 1998 when the National Democratic Alliance again came to power but that lasted for just 13 months.

Finally, the NDA with Vajpayee as Prime Minister returned to power in 1999 and was voted out in 2004. A 10-time MP of the Lok Sabha, Vajpayee announced his retirement from politics in 2005. He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha twice.

Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to a schoolteacher, Krishna Behari Vajpayee, and Krishna Devi. Today, his birthday is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’.

After schooling, he graduated from Victoria College in Gwalior, now known as Laxmi Bai College. He did his MA In political science from DAV College in Kanpur. Following a brief flirtation with communism, he became a full-time worker of RSS in 1947.




Gentle giant will be missed: Kovind
EXPRESSING grief over the death of Vajpayee, President Ram Nath Kovind said the “gentle giant” will be missed by all.In a post on Twitter, Kovind said his leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. “Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman,” he said.

Will miss my closest friend for 65 years immensely: Advani
VETERAN BJP leader L K Advani, who along with Vajpayee was a central figure in the party for much of its existence, described him as one of the country’s tallest statesmen and his closest friend for over 65 years whom he will miss immensely.
Advani said he was at loss for words to express his deep grief and sadness. “Atalji will be remembered as the pioneer of the first ever stable non-Congress coalition Government at the Centre and I had the privilege of working as his deputy for six years. As my senior, he always encouraged and guided me in every possible manner,” he said.

Vajpayee will be remembered for remarkable leadership: Venkaiah
VICE-President M Venkaiah Naidu condoled the demise, saying he will be remembered for his remarkable leadership and devotion to duty. “I visited him this morning but didn’t imagine that the end will come so soon. He is, undoubtedly, one of the tallest leaders in post- independence India,” he said in his condolence message.  “He will be remembered for ushering in the connectivity revolution in the country. His personality, oratory, devotion to duty and friendliness all combined in his remarkable leadership will be remembered for a along time to come,” he said.

India has lost a great son: Rahul
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the death calling him a “great son of India”.  He said on Twitter: “Today India lost a great son. Former PM, Atal Behari Vajpayee ji, was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family and all his admirers. We will miss him.”

A great son of Mother India: Purohit
Tamil Nadu joined the nation in paying rich tributes to Vajpayee. Governor Banwarilal Purohit expressed shock over his death and termed him as outstanding statesman, a great orator and a role model for politicians.  “A great son of Mother India is no more. But his service to the people as the Prime Minister of the nation, memories of his speeches in Parliament and outside, and his qualities of tolerance and magnanimity will live on forever’’, Purohit said.