Fitting tribute to Vajpayee

Tuesday 25th February 2020 17:14 EST

India’s most articulate, amiable, noble and popular politician across political divide, Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday was celebrated recently by unveiling his grand statue in his birthplace city of Lucknow, ceremony conducted by equally popular PM Shri Narendra Modi, in presence of CM Yogi Adityanath, State Governor Anandiniben Patel, Defence Minister Rajnath Sinh and many leading politicians from Central Government as well as Assembly Members.

The decision for this twenty five feet high statue, weighing five tons, was taken on 11th November 2019 in a specially conducted meeting under Chairmanship of CM Yogi Adityanath. The proposal to honour Shri Vajpayee by erecting his grand statue was approved unanimously, the statue to be unveiled on his birthday by present PM Narendrabhai. It was followed by three days of celebrations, highlighting his achievements, not only on political front but his overall contribution to the society, as a humanitarian, poet, social worker and above all as kind, caring and thoroughly honest, decent person, a difficult honour to achieve in the field of cut-throat politics.  

As BJP did not receive overall majority, it was a coalition government and Vajpayee was the only politician who could work in tandem with other political parties who were willing to give their support to BJP under his leadership.

If Vajpayee was PM now, there would not be a split between BJP and Shive Sena in Maharashtra. It is time for BJP to mend differences, bring back Shive Sena in their fold, even if BJP have to concede Chief Minister’s post to Shive Sena, as Shive Sena is a devoted supporter of PM and all three bills BJP has recently introduced, including CAA. After all BJP’s record in recent Assembly Elections are dismal, having lost power, elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi. 

It is time for BJP, PM Modi and Home Secretary Amit Shah to pause, think and recuperate before Bihar Assembly elections. One reason put forward by political pundits is the failure of BJP to make alliance with regional parties, thus allowing opposition to gang-up on BJP!

Bhupendra M. Gandhi 

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