Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajapeyi was true to his name `Atal’, while taking tough decisions and never buckled under pressure. Addressing all-party prayer meeting to remember Vajpayee, he said right from his adolescence till the end of his life, Vajpayee lived for the aspirations of the people of the country.
Recalling that Vajpayee entered politics when only one party dominated the political discourse, Modi said that despite spending several years in the opposition, the 93-year-old leader never compromised on his ideology. Prime Minister asserted that it was due to Vajpayee ji, terrorism became an important issue on the world stage. It was also his efforts ensured that India became a nuclear power and attributed the tests to the brilliance of our scientists, he added.
Senior BJP leader L K dvani, who was closely associated with Vajpayee for nearly 65 years, confessed that he watched the latter closely and shared various experiences, books and films with him while working. The meeting was held a day after the former PM’s ashes were immersed in the river Ganga.
The prayer meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP chief Amit Shah, former JDU chief Sharad Yadav, union ministers Ram Vilas Pawvan and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Faroq Abdulla and Mehbooba Mufti and Yoga guru Ramdev, among others. Vajpayee’s daughter and granddaughter Namita and Niharika Bhattacharya were also a part of the prayer gathering.