DIMAPUR, Aug 16 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has condoled the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
In a condolence message, Acharya said the entire nation is deeply saddened to hear the demise of Vajpayee, who was the Prime Minister of India on three occasions. He was the first non-Congress Prime Minister to serve a full five-year term, the Governor said.
�I am fortunate and blessed as a party worker to have close contact and had guidance for a long period of 20 years with late Vajpayeeji,� Acharya stated.
In his passing away, the nation has lost a statesman, a great human being, a poet, a tall leader and above all a patriot, the Governor said and prayed that the departed soul rest in peace.
Itanagar Correspondent adds: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has deeply mourned the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said: �I am extremely saddened by the sad demise of a fatherly figure of our country � former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. In his passing away we all are at immense loss.�
Atalji was an iconic and charismatic figure who was loved by all, the Chief Minister said, adding that he (Vajpayee) was a true statesman who often rose above political differences for the cause of humanity, justice and peace. He was a true inspiration, Khandu added.
�Remembering his gentle soul who will remain forever in our heart. May he rest in peace!� Khandu wrote.