Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu today paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and described him as crown jewel of Indian politics. Speaking at a condolence meeting organised by Pragna Bharati in Hyderabad, he said that Vajpayee’s Parliamentary contribution, administrative acumen and oratory skills have left an indelible impact on millions of Indians. He was India’s most loving leader, a true patriot and nationalist, he added.
He said that it was Vajpayee sowed the seeds of coalition by heading a government of 23 parties and he proved to be an able leader who provided a stable government. He added that Vajpayeeji was a consensus builder and an Ajata shatru who had no enemies. The fact that he united the entire political spectrum in his death showed why he was called Ajata Shatru.
Naidu pointed out that India had not seen a great leader like Vajpayee who used to accept defeat with dignity and equanimity. He was a great orator and always held the audience spellbound and he used to employ pause with telling effect, he added.
Vice President said that Vajpayeeji was a path-finder who ushered in the connectivity revolution in the country and implemented far reaching reforms in Governance. Some of the transformational changes he introduced had strengthened Indian economy and unleashed the forces of growth, he added.
He recalled that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Golden Quadrilateral project and political reforms of limiting the cabinet size to 15% of the legislature strength were among the game-changing initiatives taken during his regime.