|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Aug 16: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Thursday expressed grief over the passing away of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, describing him as great visionary, a respectable statesman, a leader of wisdom and compassion and an ace orator, who has inspired generations. "Nation will always remember Atalji as an outstanding parliamentarian, who left Lok Sabha spell bound with his great skill of oratory, wit, humour, statesmanship and admirable political sagacity", Mr Rana said in his condolence message, adding that the country has become poorer with the passing away of a leader, respected across the political spectrum, who dominated Indian political scene for over six decades. Rana said the demise of Atalji has created a vacuum, which is difficult to fill and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family. He said the entire nation shares this great loss and prays for eternal peace to the departed soul.