Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Odisha Govt declares holiday tomorrow

Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Odisha Govt declares holiday tomorrow

Condoling Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demises, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the former prime minister was the one to characterise US-India ties as a "natural partnership of shared endeavours".

The 93-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader was admitted at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. In 2009, he had suffered a stroke, which weakened his cognitive abilities. Among the key leaders who paid their tributes were President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Minister Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP President Amit Shah.

He was the prime minister who ordered nuclear tests in 1998, stoking fears of atomic war between India and Pakistan.

Serving as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004, Mr Vajpayee was admired even by prominent political foes.

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The death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a huge loss and his departure has left a void that would be "impossible to fill", his family members said. He was the first non-Congress, non-Gandhi Prime Minister to complete a five-year term. Vajpayee, who pursued both nuclear weapons and peace talks with Pakistan.

Vajpayee's public response to the riots reflected his many contradictions. "Despite the best efforts, we have lost him today", AIIMS said in a statement.

"It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century", Modi said in a tweet. "His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India". He will be remembered for his huge contribution to bolstering #USIndia relations & for recognizing us as "natural allies". The government conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, on him in 2015. His funeral is to be held Friday afternoon. The Modi government in 2014 that Vajpayee's birthday, December 25, would be marked as Good Governance Day.

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