MUSSOORIE, August 16
Iconic Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee known for his cultural moderation, liberalism and political reasonableness passed away at AIIMS hospital Delhi, at 5.05 p.m. He was admitted to AIIMS late night at 1.30 pm and the medical bulleting released on Thursday morning it was stated that his situation was critical, and he was on life support. He was undergoing treatment at AIIMS from June 11th .
The medical report released on Thursday evening confirmed his death which led to pall of gloom setting in the country including Mussoorie, the town that the three-time prime minister loved to visit. The senior BJP leader from Mussoorie Madan Mohan Sharma said that when he learned about the condition of the great leader through television this morning and was saddened. He said that the family began praying for his health and hoped that he would get well soon. However, the news of death of the man who always struggled all his life came as a shock to him.
Madan Mohan Sharma paying tribute to the great leader said that the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee loved the panoramic valleys and mountains of Mussoorie and use to come to Mussoorie and spend time contemplating in the peaceful environment of the town. He used to stay at Ekant Bhawan a Haryana Government guest house on Mussoorie-Kempty road for several days.
At Dehradun, he stayed in the house of Mittal Family and late Narendra Mittal who was associated with Jan Sangh was very close to him.
Madan Mohan Sharma recalls that he came to Mussoorie when there were only two MP’s in Lok Sabha and during that time I was the Mussoorie Mandal BJP Gen Secretary. Madan Mohan Sharma said he loved walking from Gandhi Chowk on Mall road and took out time to sit at his shop and drink tea and discuss the issues of party. Madan Mohan Sharma said that he was welcomed at Gandhi Chowk publicly by party workers. Whenever in Mussoorie, he insisted to meet party workers and motivated the workers. Vajpayee during a meeting in Garhwal Terrace said that the party workers should not lose hope and the numbers can go up from 2 to 200 and one day the party will form the government and party workers should continue making a concerted effort. He said that during one meeting he met everyone as ordinary party worker. Whenever in Mussoorie during meeting he recited his famous poem “Har Nahin Manunga” and galvanise the party workers. He said that late S.K. Puri, Kalam Singh Rawat and Kushal Singh Ranawat were the other BJP leaders who got an opportunity to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Mussoorie. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had very good memory and when he visited Mussoorie again he called each party worker by his name said Madan Mohan Sharma.