Monday, November 29, 1999

Shekhawat`s demise an irreparable loss: Gadkari

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New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari Saturday mourned the demise of former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, saying the country had lost an able administrator and a renowned leader and that the party had suffered an irreparable loss.'In the death of Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, we have lost a great son of Mother India, an outstanding statesman, an able administrator and a renowned public leader. The BJP has suffered an irreparable loss,' Gadkari said in his condolence message.The BJP president said Shekhawat was a first generation leader of the party.'He was a father figure for a BJP worker like me. In his death, we have lost a patron and a guide of the party,' Gadkari said.'His outstanding performances at all levels led him to his appointment as the vice president of India. He continued to serve the party for more than half a century and never compromised with the ideology of the party. In him, the BJP got its first chief minister in Rajasthan who left no stone unturned to implement the antyodaya yojana. He served thrice as chief minister of Rajasthan and made outstanding contribution towards the well being of the state,' he added.

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