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A Leader Who Was Loved By All

He was a master of so many arts as well as a great administrator, besides being a very humble and magnanimous human being

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How I remember Atal ji is something that cannot be described or expressed in words. All of us, as party people, as his religious followers, feel pained at his passing away. And why only us? The entire nation is feeling the same pain with his demise. He has always been a torch-bearer of the nation and its identity. Such an icon has departed. The vacuum created by his demise cannot be filled. It is a void that will be felt by every Indian. There are people who create memories but he created history. There are so many things that I have learnt merely by being in his company that it is difficult to put hem into words. It is a day to pay homage to him.

He was and will always be a legend. He was such a multidimensional personality. We have lost him as so has the nation lost him. From my early days in politics and right through my political career he has always been a true guide to me and to anyone who came in contact with him. It is a great loss indeed for the entire nation.

When someone very close to you departs, you are at a loss to speak about the pain and sorrow you feel. He was a true guide, and he was multidimensional as well. I don’t know how to capture his legendary personality in words. All I can say is that I have never seen such a person before.

You will never find a single person, from any domain of society, who has criticised Vajpayee’s personality. In fact, in my entire political life I have not come across any person or heard anyone criticising him like other political leaders. He always had cordial relations with everyone.

Everything he did reflected his multidimensional personality. He was a master of so many arts as well as a great administrator, besides being a very humble and magnanimous human being. You won’t find anyone who does not have good things to say about Vajpayee’s personality. Nationally or internationally, I at least have not come across such a person.

I can only say that he was a true and a rare leader. It will be difficult to find a leader like him who is not criticised by his opponents. That was the charisma of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was a compassionate human being, a great mentor, a great poet and a greater statesman. He is a legend.
Tandon, a former BJP MP from Lucknow, is a long-time associate of Vajpayee

As told to Prabodh Krishna

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