GUWAHATI, Aug 27: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the ‘shradhanjali’ programme organised by Assam government at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra on Monday.
Saying that the former Prime Minister believed in dialogue and consensus to solve all problems, Mukhi said that because of this reason he could sustain an alliance government. Vajpayee’s oratory skills were exceptional and he demonstrated this while giving speech at United Nations in Hindi, Mukhi said.
Recalling the formers Prime Minister’s sense of humour as an asset in his repertoire, the governor stated that Vajpayee would make witty remarks even in the tensest situations in the parliament and it would relax the environment while bringing the discussion back on track. He was a parliamentarian per excellence and served in many capacities in the parliament as an MP, Mukhi highlighted.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sonowal said that Vajpayee made tremendous sacrifices for the country throughout his life and he acted as a unifying factor for the country cutting across divides of geography, religion and language. Vajpayee’s pleasant demeanour inspired love and affection from all sections of the society as he commanded respect from people irrespective of their political ideologies, Sonowal remarked.
In his address, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Vajpayee was a friend of Assam and he supported the causes of Assam Agitation. Because of the former Prime Minister’s initiatives, the union ministries were mandated to spend 10 percent of their budget allocations for the development of Northeastern region. However, in case the ministries failed to spend the said amount for Northeast development purpose, those unspent funds would be diverted to a Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR). Thus, NLCPR was established by Vajpayee government which is responsible for ushering in rapid development of the region.
Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, water resource minister Keshab Mahanta, Housefed chairman Ranjit Kumar Das along with a host of other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion highlighting Vajpayee’s association with Assam and his contribution in brining NE into the developmental discourse of the country. Several ministers, MPs and MLAs, chairman and vice chairman of various boards and corporations were also present in the programme.