Describing the late Nanaji Deshmukh as an expert in handling challenges, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday said he was a dedicated social worker, lifelong pracharak of the RSS, senior politician and a visionary.
Deshmukh, a Sangh Parivar veteran and former Rajya Sabha member passed away at the age of 94 at Chitrakoot, the temple town bordering Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
In his condolence message, Vajpayee said he got the opportunity to work with Deshmukh and referred to the days in the Bhartiya Jan Sangh when they worked together.
"He was an expert in handling challenges. There was a magnetic attraction in his personality and whoever came in touch with him remained with him throughout," Vajpayee said.
Recalling Deshmukh's role, Vajpayee said he was a fighter and joined the movement of Jai Prakash Narayan.
During the emergency, the veteran RSS leader had fought for democracy after becoming an underground and then continued his struggle against social inequality and was active till his last breath, the former Prime Minister said.
"By voluntarily disassociating himself from politics, he became a role model," Vajpayee said, adding that he created self-sufficient model towns like Gonda and Chitrakoot.
"His death is a loss to society and me personally," Vajpayee said in the condolence message.