FLP conveys message

The late former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Picture: REUTERS

THE Fiji Labour Party has expressed its condolences on the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister of India.

Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Mr Vajpayee was a principled leader and a great statesman who cherished democratic values and believed in a strong, united and prosperous India.

“I had the good fortune to meet him a number of times both as leader of opposition and then as prime minister of India,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“He (Mr Vajpayee) was a humble person with a passion for poetry, an eye for well-crafted artefacts and a subtle sense of humour,” he added.

Mr Vajpayee served thrice as prime minister, ushering in many popular reforms. He was well-respected for keeping India stable and united under his watch.

Mr Vajpayee was the first non-congress leader since India’s independence in 1947 to complete an entire term in office as head of a BJP-led ruling alliance between March 1998 and May 2004.

He was admired by friends and rivals alike for his rich oratory, his poetic vibes and his statesmanship.

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