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'Indian Politics Has Lost Its Pole Star': Amit Shah Pays Tribute to Vajpayee

Describing the former prime minister as one of the most popular Indian leaders, Amit Shah said Vajpayee, as the BJP's founding president, nursed a banyan tree in the country’s politics with his tenacity and tireless work.

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Updated:August 17, 2018, 10:55 AM IST
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'Indian Politics Has Lost Its Pole Star': Amit Shah Pays Tribute to Vajpayee
BJP president Amit Shah addresses the media after the convoy carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrives at his Krishna Menon Marg residence on Thursday. (PTI)
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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Thursday paid heartfelt tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he nursed the party from its inception and left an indelible mark in Indian politics.

The party would work to fulfil the mission he has left behind, Shah told reporters following Vajpayee's death at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi after a long spell of illness.

“Atalji emerged as a popular national leader who believed that power is a means of service and led a spotless political life without compromising on national interest. And that's why the people across political and social boundaries showered him with love and respect,” Shah said in tweet.

Describing the former prime minister as one of the most popular Indian leaders, Shah said Vajpayee, as the Bharatiya Janata Party's founding president, nursed a banyan tree in the country’s politics with his tenacity and tireless work.

“A rare politician, brilliant speaker, poet and patriot, his demise is not just an irreparable loss for the BJP but the entire country,” the BJP chief said, adding that his thoughts, poems, foresight and political skills would always inspire and guide all.

“On the one hand Atalji as the head of a party in opposition played the role of an ideal opposition while on the other hand he provided the country a decisive leadership as prime minister,” Shah said.

Vajpayee left an indelible mark in Indian politics with his ideas and principles, Shah added, while praying for the peace of his soul.

Shah said Vajpayee was not only the most popular orator of the 20th century but also of the 21st century. He was among a few leaders who was heard in silence from public meetings to Lok Sabha, the BJP president said.

The country has lost a leader who had no enemy, literature has lost a poet, journalism a fine journalist, the BJP its first president, youth their inspiration, Shah said, adding that Indian politics had lost its pole star.

Vajpayee rose above partisan divides to speak for national interest, he said and recalled the BJP stalwart's stand on 1971 Bangladesh war and his speech in the UN to articulate India's stand on Kashmir.

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