Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the passing of three-time Prime Minister of India and one of the country's most respected politicians Atal Bihari Vajpayee today in a series of deeply emotional tweets. The BJP's tallest leader, who had been hospitalised since June 11, died a little after 5 pm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the passing of three-time Prime Minister of India and one of the country's most respected politicians Atal Bihari Vajpayee today in a series of deeply emotional tweets. Calling it the "end of an era", PM Modi said the "exemplary leadership" of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had "set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century".
Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS. The 93-year-old was being treated by a team of doctors for nine weeks. PM Modi's initial tweet, a deeply emotional one in Hindi, read, "I'm speechless, I feel a great void, yet am overcome by emotions".
PM Modi - whose government conferred Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee and declared his birthday, December 25, as "Good Governance Day" - said the "futuristic policies" of the three-time Prime Minister had "touched the lives of each and every citizen of India".
In another tweet, PM Modi wrote that the BJP patriarch's passing was a "personal and irreplaceable loss" for him. "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."
PM Modi visited the 93-year-old leader five times since his admission in Delhi's AIIMS on June 11.