Hours after the mortal remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were consigned to flames, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said that with his passing away, he feels orphaned.
“I feel orphaned. I feel the same way I felt when I lost my parents. I am at a loss of words today,” said Shatrughan Sinha.
The Lok Sabha MP from Patna Sahib also said that he “in fact joined BJP because he was inspired by the leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani”.
Sinha then went on to share a heartwarming anecdote about Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The incident corresponded to the time when Sinha entered politics by fighting in a by-election against Rajesh Khanna. Sinha was heartbroken after the elections as he had been defeated. At that time, Sinha said, Vajpayee jotted down and sent a few lines of a famous poem, originally written by noted Hindi poet Shivmangal Singh Suman, to him. The lines of the poem emphasised that whatever result one gets in their path of struggle, they should accept it without any fear. Here are the lines Vajpayee wrote and sent to Sinha:
“Kya haar mein, kya jeet mein,
Kinchit nahin bhaybheet main.
Sangharsh path par jo mile, yeh bhi sahi, voh bhi sahi.
Vardan mangunga nahin.”
Sinha said that those lines actually acted like a magic mantra for him, which “electrified” his whole demeanour. Shatrughan Sinha also said he takes the mantra as the founding stone for his political career, adding “those lines by Vajpayee always kept me strong and going”.
Sinha also said that his passing away is like end of an era, adding Vajpayee was "an intellectual par excellence, man with tremendous wisdom, a fantastic sense of humour and kind hearted poet."
Sinha also said that Vajpayee's sense of humour was always on point and that with him around, there were no dull or tensed moments. The Lok Sabha MP then recollected that when he was a Cabinet Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, even during the Cabinet meet, the "atmosphere used to be very cordial", adding even he scolded him, he would do it in a moderate way by pointing out his mistakes in public and never "humiliating him or anyone else in public".
Meanwhile, the last rites of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was performed with full state honours in Smriti Sthal in the national capital on Friday, following his demise due to age-related ailments on Thursday in AIIMS, New Delhi.