Vajpayee was not an economist in his own right like Manmohan Singh, but he was a superior political being who knew what needed doing and was able to achieve a good deal of it through a light, gentle and kindly touch
Vajpayee brought poetics to politics. He was a style, an aesthetic at a time few people achieved an aesthetics in politics
He was speaking at the sixth edition of the 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan' (Save composite culture convention), a platform of more than 15 opposition parties. The event today was attended by leaders from the major opposition parties such as the Left, RJD, JD-S, SP, DMK, RLD, NCP among others.
Vajpayee had paved the way for liberalisation of the telecom and insurance sectors.
Atalji emerged as a popular national leader who believed that power is a means of service and led a spotless political life without compromising on national interest. Amit shah said.
The hijack lasted seven days touching four countries and ended when the Vajpayee government was forced to release three terrorists to save the lives of 176 passengers and 15 crew members on board.
Vajpayee remained any journalist’s delight: he could give great copy whether he was Leader of Opposition or even when he became prime minister. Vajpayee loved the media’s craze to unravel him, peel him layer by layer to fathom his mind
In 1996, Vajpayee led his first government at the Centre for 13 days — the shortest in the nation's history
The eminent leader and poet will be remembered for leading the government that put India on the world map as a nuclear power, among other achievements.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee led the Bharatiya Janata Party to power at the Centre for the first time.
Vajpayee is battling for life and remains on advanced life support at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for the second day today.
As anxiety grew about the state of the 93-year-old leader's health, a stream of leaders, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh, visited him in hospital.
The Congress posted a video on its official Twitter handle in which the BJP chief is seen unfurling the flag, which falls down soon after he pulls the string.
He wished people after hoisting the national flag at his official residence in New Delhi.
In his last Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort before the next Lok Sabha election, Modi said a demand to confer constitutional status on the Other Backward Classes.
Agreeing that this could help keep a check on rising cost of conducting elections, Banerjee said the proposal was not practical.
BJP fears the results of Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh due in November-December this year.
The BJP and the Congress released the over two-minute videos, accusing each other and explaining the deal by using an analogy of locks in a society/building that were to be changed with new ones.
Some of the suggestions already received on the website include the ones on cases of rape, open defecation, reservation system and education.
On its part, the BJP asserted that it was in favour of holding simultaneous polls as per the law and with consensus, but rejected reports that it had plans to hold assembly polls in 11 states.
The TMC should come clean on whose vote they have won elections, whether they have received votes of Indians or infiltrators.
They (the BJP) may conduct the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together. Or, they will hold the elections together with those in the US and Russia.
"If the term of some state assemblies needs to be curtailed or extended, then a constitutional amendment will be required... Logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint," he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon.
Taking a swipe at the BJP, the Trinamool Congress chief asked if hilsa fish, Jamdani saree, sandesh and mishti doi, which are originally from Bangladesh, would also be branded as "infiltrators or refugees".
"Samajwadi people are ready (for the Lok Sabha elections). What is our strategy, we will not disclose. But its implementation has begun and see their condition," Yadav told reporters here today.