Aizawl, Aug 17: The northeastern state of Mizoram on Friday deeply mourned the demise of veteran politician and former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
As a mark of respect and condolence to the departed leader, the state government declared public holiday by closing all government offices, educational institutions and commercial banks.
The national Tri-colour was also flown at half-mast in all government offices and important establishments.
Expressing profound sorrow on the demise of the leader, Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan said his sudden death was a great shock to the nation.
He lauded Vajpayee as a statesman par excellence, a highly creative poet and thinker, who was instrumental in making good relations with other countries.
During his tenure as the Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee administration and skills helped our country to sail through one of the most difficult times, he said.
“Salute to one of the greatest leader to lead our country, I convey my deepest condolences,” he said.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of the leader.
“The country has lost a great statesman and a stalwart of Indian politics. He was an exceptional orator and his contribution to literature through his poems and writings will be his lasting legacy. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family in this time of grief and pray that God Almighty grant them strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.
Various political parties including state BJP, Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) also condoled the demise of former Prime Minister.
Addressing a condolence service here at the party office, state BJP president Prof. JV Hluna said his (Vajpayee) death was a great loss for not only the country but also the state of Mizoram.
He added that Vajpayee was a courageous man, who was instrumental in making India a respectable country before all countries by his sheer statesmanship and courage.
“The BJP Mizoram unit has deeply expressed condolence on the demise of the leader, who remained instrumental in reforming India during his political career,” he said.
MNF chief Zoramthanga also expressed sorrow over the death of the leader.
“We gave due respect to the departed leaders and our heart goes to the bereaved families,” he said.
However, no minister, government officials and party leaders from the state could attend the funeral service in Delhi on Friday due to tight schedule.
Vajpayee, a stalwart of the BJP, passed away on Thursday after battling a prolonged illness at the AIIMS. He was 93.
The charismatic leader is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. The government has announced seven days of state mourning, and the national flag will be flown at half-mast for seven days across the country.