Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first non-congress politician to complete his full term as a Prime Minister. He challenged the legacy of Congress and is the man behind BJP’s success as a party.
In 1957, Jawaharlal Nehru was so impressed by the debut speech of Vajpayee that he stated that “this young man will one day become prime minister”.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee went on to become India’s Prime Minister thrice. He led the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for five years from 1999.
The 93-year-old stalwart passed away last evening at AIIMS where he was admitted for more than 9 weeks.
His body is kept in his official residence, Krishna Menon Marg, the body was brought here last night. Leaders from across the spectrum are visiting and paying their homage. Hundreds of people are gathered outside his residence to pay their homage to the Stalwart of India.
The Funeral procession will begin at 1 pm at party headquarters. The last rites will take place at Smriti Sthal memorial site at 4 pm
He was one of the most captivating politicians, under his reign India saw numerous success and achieved what seems impossible. His leadership was of the gold standard.
When in power he initiated Pokharan nuclear test in 1998, he also made an initiative of traveling to Pakistan by bus in 1999 to show grand diplomatic gesture.
He has served for 47 years in parliament, he charmed and captivated with his wit and oratory skills. He was one of the kind and was able to prove time and again that no one could work the room like he could.
In a speech before his government was to face a trust vote on May 1996, Vajpayee said “Satta ka Khel chalega (the game of power will go on). Governments will come and go. Parties will be made and unmade. This country should survive, its democracy should survive,” Although, his 13-day government fell soon after.
In one the most popular speech that is still available on youtube Vajpayee said “We bow to the majority and we will not rest until we fulfill our national mission. Mister Speaker, here comes my resignation,”
In 1999 when his government lost a no-confidence motion by only one vote, he did not attack or spoke negatively about the Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
He spoke for the Pokhran Nuclear test and said “It is surprising that people are criticizing the nuclear tests. When in 1974 then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had carried out the tests, we welcomed it even while we were in the opposition. Was there any threat to the nation at the time.”
He was a poet and used poetry time and again to express his thoughts and deliver messages effectively.
He is also defined as the “right man in the wrong party”, he was the liberal face of the BJP, the man who mainstreamed the right.
Nation Mourns a Death of Stalwart leader
Mourning the death of a former prime minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributed Vajpayee’s death as an end of an era, he said that “it was like losing a father” a seven days state mourning has been announced the central government.
It was a reflection of his politics and statesmanship that politicians across the spectrum rushed to Delhi to pay their respects to the veteran. When he was brought to AIIMS hospital in June.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Penned down him though, in the blog, he talks about the journey of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
he stated “In times of turbulence and disruption, a nation is blessed to have a leader who rises to become its moral compass and guiding spirit, providing vision, cohesion, and direction to his people. And, in such a moment at the turn of the century, India found one in Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was gifted in spirit, heart, and mind”
A leader for the ages, he was ahead of the times.
Penned some thoughts on Atal Ji, which have also appeared across various newspapers today. https://t.co/kCaLbf5JE3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018