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Sachin Tendulkar leads sporting fraternity’s tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Sachin Tendulkar leads sporting fraternity’s tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

"Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him".

He said Vajpayee's death has created a vacuum in the region's political arena.

In fact, several years before he became India's Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had once commented that Vajpayee will one day become Prime Minister.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik who visited New Delhi AIIMS said "I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayeeji".

Vajpayee served as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004.

The former Prime Minister was admitted in the hospital after complaining of chest congestion, his urine output was on the lower side in June and also kidney tract infection.

Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said, "India loses one of its great leaders. But Mr. Vajpayee worked discreet diplomacy behind closed doors and set in motion a friendly dialogue with Clinton, who went to India in 2000, the first visit by a USA president to the country in more than two decades".

Former Indian Prime Minister and senior BJP politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee has passed away at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday.

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"Prime Minister Vajpayee's efforts towards establishing an atmosphere of trust between India and Pakistan will be his lasting legacy,"Bilawal said, hoping that India's current leadership exhibits similar intentions and commitment towards sustainable peace in South Asia".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee in NY.

Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist from the Bharatiya Janata Party, ordered nuclear weapons tests in 1988 that stoked fears of atomic war with rival Pakistan.

Mr Modi, also of the BJP party, visited Mr Vajpayee in hospital this week. This NDA government lasted 13 months until mid-1999 when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) under Jayalalithaa withdrew its support.

But the next year, when Islamabad sent fighters across the ceasefire line that divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the nations, Vajpayee resisted military pressure to launch a broad counter-attack of Indian forces.

Sharif had believed relations with India were improving.

Vajpayee quickly dropped from sight after the BJP lost power to the long-dominant Congress party in 2004 elections.


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