National Conference President and Member Parliament for Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the passing away of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Dr Farooq Abdullah paid glowing tributes to the departed leader and extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Highlighting Late Vajpayee’s exemplary contributions in serving the people of the country Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “In his demise, the country has lost not only an exemplary politician but a visionary too. His golden words on Kashmir would be remembered for all times to come.”
Calling Late Vajpayee’s political career nothing less than a template for others to follow and imbibe Dr Farooq said, “He will be remembered not only for his clear political thought but also the way he engineered out of the box initiatives on Kashmir. He still remains as one of the few politicians who has a huge fan following in Kashmir.”
While paying homage to departed leader, the NC Vice President termed former PMs death ‘a personal loss’. “Late Vajpayee ji was a gentleman par excellence. His path-breaking initiatives to resolve Kashmir conundrum is something that needs no explanation. His statesmanship was legendary and unparalleled in modern times,” Omar said.
The NC Vice President extended deepest condolences to his family and prayed for peace to the departed leader.
Both Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah had earlier visited the ailing leader at AIIMS, New Delhi, said party spokesman in a statement.