Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a moderate face in saffron politics and the first non-Congress prime minister to complete a full term in office, died in New Delhi on Thursday after a prolonged illness, AIIMS authorities said. He was 93.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday termed former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's passing away a "very big loss" to the nation.
"Very very saddened that the great statesman and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is no more with us."His passing away is a very big loss to our nation. I will always cherish many fond memories with him. Condolences to his family and his many admirers," Mamata tweeted.
"I tweeted this prized photo on Shri Vajpayee's last birthday. It is with enormous grief that I remember him today and mourn his passing," Anand Mahindra tweeted.
"All of us who knew Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humor. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us," tweeted Ratan Tata.
"India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji. His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti," PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
"An extraordinary leader of India's freedom movement who, among his great achievements, thrusted India into the nuclear club, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji will be remembered forever as man of great talents yet a simple and humble demeanour," Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.
Rajnath Singh also tweeted and expressed grief on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed grief on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death and tweeted that he was loved and respected by millions.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
A great loss for India, says Sachin Tendulkar.
Actor Priyanka Chopra condoles Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
Former PM Manmohan Singh condoles Vajpayee's demise.
All Delhi govt schools, offices and other institutions to remain closed tomorrow.
I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional Public Servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister, Shri Vajpayee ji stood among the tallest leaders of modern India, who spent his whole life serving our great country. His services to our nation will be remembered for a long time to come.
US Embassy on Vajpayee's demise
Yashwant Sinha says he was fortunate to have worked closely with Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering U.S.-India relations. During his tenure, Prime Minister Vajpayee advocated for a robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as “natural allies.” The U.S. Mission in India extends our deepest condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Vajpayee and the citizens of India.
Former CM of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah condoles Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi after prolonged illness. He was 93.