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Vajpayee was a democrat to the core, says Pranab Mukherjee

Vajpayee was a democrat to the core, Mukherjee said as he expressed sadness at his demise.

Published: 16th August 2018 07:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2018 08:08 PM   |  A+A-

Former President Pranab Mukherjee (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India had lost a great son and an era had come to an end, former president Pranab Mukherjee said on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death today, while describing the BJP stalwart as a reasoned critique in the opposition and a seeker of consensus as prime minister.

Vajpayee was a democrat to the core, Mukherjee said as he expressed sadness at his demise.

READ | Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93

"Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A reasoned critique in opposition and a seeker of consensus as PM, Atal Ji was a democrat to the core. In his passing away, India has lost a great son and an era has come to an end. My deepest condolences," he said in a tweet.

Former prime minister Vajpayee, one of India's most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics, died here today.

He was 93.

Vajpayee, a bachelor, is survived by his adopted daughter, Namita Kaul Bhattacharya.

His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital, where he was admitted on June 11 with a variety of ailments.



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