On the occasion of the first death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 16th, 2019, condolence messages, tributes started pouring in from all corners of the country.
A prayer meeting was held at Sadaiv Atal – the memorial to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi – in presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal remembering the BJP stalwart tweeted, “It’s been a year since beloved #AtalBihariVajpayee ji left us for his heavenly abode & created a void that is irreplaceable. My humble tribute to the great people’s leader on his punya tithi.”
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also took to Twitter and paid tributes to one of the tallest leaders of the country.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi said the demise of Vajpayee created an ‘irreplaceable void among us”. ” Hope his guidance and morale will always lead us to touch the zenith of India’s advancement and welfare,” Mukhi tweeted.
It may be mentioned that Vajpayee led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998-2004.
He served as the Prime Minister for three terms – first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. He is the first BJP member to have served a full five-year term in office. He died at the age of 93 in 2018 at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 16, 2019