Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a father-figure for him and the death of the former Prime Minister was a personal loss for him. Mr Vajpayee died in Delhi on Thursday after a long illness.
In a series of tweets shortly after, PM Modi said it was the “end of an era” and Mr Vajpayee, through his “exemplary leadership”, had “set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century”.
In a video message later in the evening, the Prime Minister said Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death was an “irreparable loss for the nation”.
“He was a leader, orator, journalist, statesman and more than anything a true son of India… Atal-ji may have gone, but his ideas, views, simplicity will always inspire us Indians,” he said.