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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary and said he is an inspiration for all.

Patnaik, who served as a Union minister in the Vajpayee government in 1997, said the former prime minister was also a multifaceted personality.

"Humble tributes to former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee on his birth anniversary. #Atalji was a charismatic leader, a parliamentarian par excellence, exceptional poet, eloquent orator. #Atalji's multifaceted personality & distinguished statesmanship is an inspiration for us," Patnaik said in a tweet.

Patnaik was part of the NDA under the leadership of Vajpayee, and the alliance between BJD and BJP continued till 2009.

However, the alliance ended between the two parties over seat sharing before the 2009 general elections.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also paid his tributes by tweeting an old picture of Vajpayee during latter's visit to Odisha in 1991-92. 'Atalji's contribution to rebuilding Odisha is incomparable,' Pradhan said.

Vajpayee, born on December 25, 1924 at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, had breathed his last on August 16, 2018 at AIIIMS in Delhi.

(PTI)

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