Tributes to Atal Behari Vajpayee
Be tolerant to the others' views. Be tolerant to the mandate of the people. To collectively move towards that India we all want, would be a fitting homage to Atal Ji." Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India

'Atal ji was a visionary leader'

A communicator par excellence who always raised voice of the people : PM

Vice President , PM pay glowing tributes to former PM, Atal Behari Vajpayee on unveiling of his portrait in Parliament

Thesynergyonline News BureauNEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 : The Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, has urged the MPs to raise the level of debate and see that the Parliament sets new standards in public life as a real tribute to former Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Speaking at a function organized to unveil the Portrait of former Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee by the President of India, in the Central Hall of the Parliament today, the Vice President said that Atal ji strengthened the democratic roots through his insightful interventions and exemplary demeanour in Parliament.

Paying glowing tributes to the former Prime Minister, he said: "Atal ji exemplified what the strengthening of democracy meant through his ability to make a coalition government work. He demonstrated as to how democracy can be deepened through good governance, he added.
Describing the former Prime Minister as a visionary leader who ushered in a 'connectivity' revolution in the country, he said that Atalji gave an unprecedented fillip to building of national highways, rural roads, air travel infrastructure and massive expansion of the telecom sector. "For him connectivity was the key enabler of economic development and national growth", the Vice President added.

Mr Naidu said that Atal ji had an uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life and with political parties of different ideological moorings. Atal Ji had virtually no enemies and was rightly called as Ajatshatru, he said. He was a great administrator, great politician, great human being, great orator, great Parliamentarian and a great ideal role model, Mr Naidu added.

He said that Atal Ji was one of the tallest leaders of contemporary India, who had left an impressive lasting legacy that "could inspire all of us to shape the India we all are dreaming of".

The Vice President said "be tolerant to the others' views, be tolerant to the mandate of the people. To collectively move towards that India we all want, would be a fitting homage to Atal Ji", he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to Atal Behari Vajpayee jee and said, he will be forever in the Parliament's Central Hall, inspiring and blessing us. Remembering his versatility, values for humanity and affection for the people, PM said it will take hours and hours to talk about the goodness of Atal Ji. PM stated that the Atal Behari Vajpayee jee spent a large part of his political career in opposition but continued raising issues of public interest and never deviated from his ideology.

Describing Atal Ji's communication skills as unparalleled, PM said he had a great sense of humour also.

Prime Minister said that Vajpayee jee's silence was as powerful as his speeches. "When to speak and when to keep quiet was his extraordinary quality", he added.

About the legacy of Atal Behari Vajpayee jee, PM said we can take away a key message from him that in democracy there are no enemies but political rivals only.