A string of leaders from Tamil Nadu, including governor Banwarilal Purohit, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam, opposition leader and DMK working president M K Stalin and DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi among others left for Delhi to pay tributes to the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued an order declaring Friday as a holiday for educational institutions, state government offices and undertakings owned by the government as a mark of respect to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
In a statement, Purohit said Vajpayee was an outstanding statesman, a great orator and a role model for politicians and poets.
He added: “A great son of Mother India is no more. But his service to the people of India as the Prime Minister of the nation, memories of his speeches in Parliament and outside, and his qualities of tolerance and magnanimity will live on forever.”
In his message, Palaniswami said Vajpayee was an able administrator and was also an excellet speaker who was interested in literature. Vajpayee’s death is a great loss to the nation and to the BJP, he added.
Condoling the death of Vajpayee, Stalin said the late leader did not dismiss the DMK government in Tamil Nadu despite the threat to the BJP-led Central government.
Stalin said despite the pressure and threat to his government, Vajpayee as the then Prime Minister, did not succumb and dismiss the DMK government in the state.
“Vajpayee, a close friend of late DMK President M. Karunanidhi, set up the Cauvery River Water Commission at the latter’s request as per the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal,” he added.