Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the finest Indian Prime Minister. A true patriot who always put nation before politics. Atal Ji went to jail for 23 days in his youth during his participation in the Quit India movement.
Even though from different political parties, after Atal ji joined politics, Jawaharlal Nehru had predicted that one day Atal Bihari Vajpayee will become the Prime Minister of India. Such was the personality of our 10th Prime minister.
Atal Ji was elected Prime Minister thrice. He served as Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, for a period of 11 months from 1998 to 1999, and then for a full term from 1999 to 2004.
The contribution of Vajpayee ji along with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for nuclear tests at Pokhran (Mission Shakti) is remarkable and is one of the reasons that India is a nuclear power now.
When the English language was gaining popularity in India, Vajpayee ji chose to speak in Hindi. He was the first person to speak in Hindi at the United Nations. He was also very well known for his poetry and oratory skills.
Unfortunately, on August 16, he has passed away and has left everyone shocked. Atal ji was critically ill and was on life support systems for the last two days. Today, AIIMS declared his demise at around 5 pm and it shook the nation.
A seven-day state mourning has been announced by the central government as a mark of respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
All schools including private schools also shall remain closed. https://t.co/3aB8fBs5yf
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 16, 2018
Many states including Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Odisha have, however, announced a public holiday for Friday as a mark of respect to the former prime minister who was considered one of the country’s most respected politicians.
He was truly a great leader. He continues to inspire us. Rest In Peace.