Vastavam web: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed grief over the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, describing him as the “political Bhishma of India” and crediting him with strengthening the BJP. In a statement here, he said Vajpayee was a great humanist and a great visionary who always led a principled life.
“Vajpayee was instrumental in strengthening the BJP. From a party that had just two members in Lok Sabha, Vajpayee rode it to power. He was a successful MP, leader of opposition, Minister of External Affairs and eventually the Prime Minister,” he said. Noting that Vajpayee contributed to the development of critical infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, he said the former also took the initiative in expanding the National Highway 5 (now NH 16) from Itchapuram to Tada in the state.” Vajpayees era will remain historic in Indian politics,” the Chief Minister added.
A great era has ended in Indian politics with the death of Vajpayee. He was a great poet, orator and a statesman who had admirers cutting across the political spectrum. His services to the nation will be ever-remembered, he said. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan also mourned the former Prime Ministers death. It is unable to digest that Vajpayee, a towering leader, is no more. He is not an individual, but a force. His achievements as Prime Minister will always be remembered, Kalyan said.