The Maharashtra Legislative
Assembly Monday paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on August 16, with Chief
Minister Devendra Fadnavis describing him as a multi faceted
personality who believed in uniting minds.
Moving a condolence motion in the lower House on the
first day of the winter session, Fadnavis said Vajpayee
believed political opponents were rivals and not enemies.
"He would always say there should be no differences in
minds despite having differences in opinion. Pandit Nehru was
the first to see potential in Vajpayee to lead the nation.
Former PM Chandra Shekhar called him gurudev as Vajpayee's
personality was so huge that everyone could learn from him,"
The Maharashtra CM, during his speech, also
highlighted the Pokhran nuclear tests that took place under
the Prime Ministership of Vajpayee as well as the late Bharat
Ratna's efforts to have good relations with Pakistan.
"Vajpayee led an inspiring life. In his death we have
lost a dream. He was an ocean of thoughts. He was beyond
politics, religion and linguistic differences. The (Narendra)
Modi government is working on the foundations laid by
Vajpayee," Fadnavis said.
The Leader of opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna
Vikhe Patil said representing the country in the United
Nations was a moment of greater pride for Vajpayee than
"He referred to (former PM) Indira Gandhi as Durga
after the (1971) Bangladesh war. In an era in which political
discourse has lowered, Vajpayee's absence is being truly
felt," Vikhe Patil said.
The House also paid tributes to former state minister
Anandrao Devkate, former minister of state Vasantrao Dhotre
and former member Madhavrao Gaikwad.
Tributes were also paid to former members Keshavrao
Pardhi, Vasudev Deshmukh, Shivajirao Nagwade, Vaijnathrao
Akaat, Yadavrao Bhoir, Laxmanrao Jadhav, Vasantrao Thorat,
Vithalrao Bhailume, Vasantrao Itkelwar and Vimal Rangnekar.
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