PANAJI/MARGAO: Minister for Public Works Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, paying rich tributes to the recently-departed former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said that India, in the passing away of Vajpayee, has lost one of its tallest leaders and statesmen.
“Atalji always worked towards uniting India and keeping the countrymen together,” he said, adding that this approach of Atalji was also seen when he led a large coalition of political parties with diverse backgrounds and ideologies, to run the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government successfully.
Dhavalikar also observed that Vajpayee took care of the country like a true statesman. “Furthermore, he had special concern for the poor and downtrodden people of India,” he added, pointing out that Goa as well as Goans too had a special place in Atalji’s heart.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has mourned the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In a press note issued by the CBCI president, Cardinal Oswald Gracias spoke of the former prime minister’s contribution to the community and said the world has lost a great statesman.
“Catholic Bishops’ Conference is deeply saddened by the passing away of our beloved former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In his death, India has lost one of its tallest leaders and the world bid goodbye to one of its greatest statesmen. The Christian community has lost a friend who was attentive to its needs and gave a patient hearing to its concerns,” Cardinal Gracias said.
Cardinal Gracias recalled the meeting between Vajpajee and Pope St John Paul II during the Holy Father’s visit to India in 1999. During the visit, the former prime minister thanked the Pope for being in India on the happy occasion of Diwali observing that the papal visit added more light to the festival.
Meanwhile, a special meeting was held in the Curchorem MLA’s office to pay tributes to ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday morning.
The meet was organised by Curchorem block of BJP and was attended by block president Ashok Naik, Dattatray Dessai, committee members, MLA Nilesh Cabral, Ashish Karmali and others.
Bicholim BJP leaders and workers also paid tributes to the departed leader at Bicholim Amdar Bhavan. MLA Patnekar garlanded the portrait of Vajpayee. BMC chairperson Satish Gaonkar, BJP Bicholim president Vallabh Salkar also spoke on the occasion.
Mapusa mandal of BJP also organised a meet to pay tributes to the departed leader at Mapusa taxi stand. Mapusa council chairperson Ryan Braganza, Sushant Harmalkar, Goa state urban development agency vice chairman Sandip Falari, councillors Rajsingh Rane, Franky Carvalho, Kavita Arlekar, Sanjay Walawalkar, Chandrakant Pandit, Salim Isani paid floral tributes.
Former chairperson and GSUDA vice chairman Sandip Falari, Sanjay Walawalkar, Chandrakant Pandit spoke on former prime minister’s life.
Goa Industrial Development Corporation chairman and Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo along with others also paid tributes.
Meanwhile, the Goa state council of Communist Party of India (CPI) has deeply condoled the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
It said that Vajpayee was a brilliant parliamentarian and one who was respected by the entire political spectrum in spite of political and ideological differences.