New Delhi: A 'true Indian statesman', 'son of India', 'the Gentle Giant' - such are a few terms that leaders across spectrum are using to remember and pay their tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.
"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05:05pm on 16.08.2018. Shri Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors. 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," Dr (Prof) Aarti Vij, chairperson media and protocol division of AIIMS said in a press statement while announcing the demise of the leader.
HERE IS HOW LEADERS PAY THEIR TRIBUTES:
#Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant,will be missed by one & all: President Ram Nath Kovind.
#Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is 'ajatshatru' of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
#Though he was suffering for a long time I did not believe that the end will come. Fate snatched him away from us. He carried conviction with everybody. No doubt that the country will be poorer in the loss of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was like a colossus for almost 6 decades. I pay my deepest regards for this great son of India: Former President Pranab Mukherjee.
#Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a tall political personality of the subcontinent. His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Mr Vajpayee, as a foreign minister, took responsibility of improving India-Pak ties: Pak PM designate Imran Khan.
#I'm deeply saddened by the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee was a towering figure in our national life. Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts whether as a parliamentarian,a cabinet minister or PM. His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul: Sonia Gandhi
#Atal ji was like a star in the sky of politics, which shone brighter than everyone else. He had the unique ability to bring everyone together. Even if you ask the opposition they hold a sense of respect for him: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
#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: PM Narendra Modi.
#I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years: LK Advani.
#Today India lost a great son. Former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee ji was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
#I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional public servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister: Dr.Manmohan Singh.
#I am deeply grieved at the sad demise of Vajpayee Ji. India has lost one of its tallest leaders: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
#It is a big loss for the country, he was a very simple man inspite of being such a senior leader.There was not even a shred of arrogance in him. Current leaders need to learn a lot from him: Mulayam Singh Yadav.
#United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering U.S.-India relations: US Embassy in India.