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AGE CORRESPONDENT WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published : Aug 17, 2018, 1:55 am IST
Updated : Aug 17, 2018, 1:55 am IST

CM Kejriwal condoles demise of former PM Vajpayee; don’t celebrate my birthday, Kejri tells partymen.

Heavy traffic is seen near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday evening, where former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee passed away at 5.05 pm. (Photo: PTI)
 Heavy traffic is seen near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday evening, where former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee passed away at 5.05 pm. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the passing away of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee marks the end of an era and termed it as a “personal and irreplaceable” loss for him.

He said the BJP patriarch lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades while noting that it was Vajpayee’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st Century.

 

Vajpayee died at the AIIMS hospital here this evening at the age of 93 following prolonged illness.

“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.

“It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India,” Mr Modi tweeted.

He said it was due to Vajpayee’s perseverance and struggles 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,” he said.

Mr Modi said India grieves the demise of Vajpayee.

“My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti,” he added.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condoled the death of Atal Behari Vajpayee and said his passing away is a big loss to the country.

Banerjee said she would always cherish many fond memories.    

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