Late Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Late Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

A day of great sadness: Hasina on Vajpayee's death

ANI | Updated: Aug 16, 2018 21:32 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Aug 16 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed "deep shock" at the demise of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said it is a day of great sadness for the people of Bangladesh.
Paying tribute to Vajpayee, Hasina termed him as "one of the most famous sons of India" and a highly respected person in Bangladesh.
In a condolence message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hasina recalled Vajpayee's individual contribution during Bangladesh's War of Liberation in 1971.
"We are deeply shocked at the sad demise of the former Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most famous sons of India. He will be remembered for contributing towards good governance and for highlighting issues affecting the common people of India as well as for regional peace and prosperity. His tireless work for the welfare of the people of India will inspire future generations of leaders. An excellent orator and a poet Shri Vajpayee took significant strides towards acceleration of inclusive economic growth in India," Hasina said in a condolence message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was our great friend and highly respected in Bangladesh. As a token of recognition for his invaluable contribution to our Liberation War in 1971, Bangladesh Government conferred on him the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour. Today is certainly a day of great sadness for all of us in Bangladesh. On behalf of the Government and the people of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Government and the mourning people of India, and to the members of the bereaved family. We pray for the eternal peace of his soul," she added.(ANI)

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