Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to Atal Behari Vajpayee jee and said, Atal Ji’s communication skills as unparalleled, PM said he had a great sense of humour also. A portrait of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was unveiled at the Central Hall of Parliament today by the President Ram Nath Kovind.
Speaking on this occasion, he said he will be forever in the Parliament’s Central Hall, inspiring and blessing us. Remembering his versatility, values for humanity and affection for the people, PM said it will take hours and hours to talk about the goodness of Atal Ji.
PM stated that the Atal Behari Vajpayee jee spent a large part of his political career in opposition but continued raising issues of public interest and never deviated from his ideology. He said that Vajpayee jee’s silence was as powerful as his speeches. “When to speak and when to keep quiet was his extraordinary quality”, he added.
About the legacy of Atal Behari Vajpayee jee, PM said we can take away a key message from him that in democracy there are no enemies but political rivals only.
Tthe Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Atal ji strengthened the democratic roots through his insightful interventions and exemplary demeanour in Parliament. Paying glowing tributes to the former Prime Minister, he said: “Atal ji exemplified what the strengthening of democracy meant through his ability to make a coalition government work. He demonstrated as to how democracy can be deepened through good governance, he added.
Describing the former Prime Minister as a visionary leader who ushered in a ‘connectivity’ revolution in the country, he said that Atalji gave an unprecedented fillip to building of national highways, rural roads, air travel infrastructure and massive expansion of the telecom sector. “For him connectivity was the key enabler of economic development and national growth”, the Vice President added.