DHUBRI: Hundreds of leading citizens of Dhubri town paid homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a public meeting held under the auspices of Dhubri district unit BJP at Sri Sri Jogomaya Mandir Auditorium on Sunday. Speaking in the meeting, a retired academician, Prof. Debasish Bhattacharjee said that Atal ji was in everybody’s heart. “I had an opportunity to meet this great son of the country in 1973 on the way to Kedarnath and Badrinath. We and many other pilgrims were stuck on the road due to a landslide. Atal Ji was among them. He took lead and within a very short time the road was cleared and we reached our destination,” said Bhattacharjee.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Saradindu Banerjee spoke at a length on the life and political activities of Vajpayee and said that it was Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangha, who picked him and gave him the responsibility to spread the principles and ideology of the party as India must remain united as a nation.
“Atal ji’s oration capacity was so mesmerizing that there had never been acrimony in the Parliament but pin-drop silence when he spoke. He had many fans and followers cutting across the party lines and ideology. Even Nehru was a fan of his lucid speech and once told his party men that this young man (Vajpayee) would be the Prime Minister of this country, and it was proved in letter and spirit,” Banerjee said.
A veteran leader of primary teachers’ association, Abdul Rashid said that Vajpayee’s ideology of secularism was accepted by the country and lovable nature made him popular among the masses. Now the time had come to propagate his ideology of secularism as it would bring lasting peace and amity among all sections of people in the country, Rashid added. The meeting was also addressed by academician Nripendra Nath Das, retired ADC Mrinal Kanti Nag and journalist Bijoy Kumar Sharma. Dhubri Atal Vichar Manch also paid tribute to Vajpayee on Sunday by performing yagna and other rituals at Srimanta Sankardev Sishu Udyan.