GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - The State along with rest of the country mourned the passing away of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi today.
Assam Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi mourned the death of the former Prime Minister describing him as a towering personality and a powerful national voice, who had played crucial roles even on the international political scene.
Professor Mukhi said that in his death, the nation had lost an eminent statesman who had earned the unique distinction of being the first non-Congress Prime Minister who led the country three times as Prime Minister.
"The sagacity and leadership of the former Prime Minister at both the national and international levels has been a source of inspiration and guidance," he added.
Reminiscing about his long association with Vajpayee, Professor Mukhi said he had turned to the veteran leader on many occasions for his advice on important issues and the response was always pragmatic. He further said that he had lost a philosopher and guide, with whom he shared a personal rapport. �Though no words will be sufficient to express my grief on his death, I whole-heartedly pray to the Almighty for eternal peace of 'Atalji - the patriarch�, Governor Mukhi expressed.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his heartfelt condolences on the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a three-time Prime Minister of the country and one of the country's most respected politicians.
In a statement this evening, Chief Minister Sonowal said that with his death the country has lost a visionary politician, a great humanitarian, who was deeply loved by people across party line. Sonowal said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a soft corner for Assam and the North East. He took keen interest in the development of North East and played an instrumental role in creating DoNER to expedite the overall development of North East. The foundation stone of Bogibeel project was laid during his tenure as the Prime Minister.
Among a series of projects that can be credited to his direct intervention, he dedicated Numaligarh Refinery and Naranarayn Bridge to the nation. Moreover, his moral support to the cause of Assam Agitation will long be remembered by the people in Assam, Sonowal said.
Remembering his personal association with the former Prime Minister since the time he was a student, Sonowal said that he was personally benefitted from the advice and suggestions of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) also condoled Vajpayee's death. Party�s president Atul Bora and executive president Keshab Mahanta today left for Delhi to pay their tribute.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) also mourned the former Prime Minister's death. Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia in his condolence message said that the nation has lost a stalwart and an outstanding leader. The All India United Democratic Front chief Maulana Badaruddin Ajmal said that India lost a worthy son an excellent politician and a farsighted leader.
The Asam Sahitya Sabha in its condolence message said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an exceptional leader, poet, writer and politician, who was beyond the limitations of party-politics. "His death is the end of an era," Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi mentioned. The All Assam Students' Union also deeply mourned Vajpayee's demise.
The Lawyers' Association, Guwahati, Sodou Assam Devalaya Sangha, US Embassy, AAMSU and All Assam Lower Primary Teachers Association, All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani also mourned the death of the former Prime Minister.