We now know Mahajan?s worth: Chouhan
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said if the Bharatiya Janata Party were able to form a coalition with several other political parties in 1998 ? the National Democratic Alliance ? its credit also went chiefly to the senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.Updated: May 05, 2006 14:32 IST
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said if the Bharatiya Janata Party were able to form a coalition with several other political parties in 1998 – the National Democratic Alliance — its credit also went chiefly to the senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
Paying his condolences at an all-party, all-religion condolence meeting held at the State BJP office this evening Chouhan said Mahajan’s affectionate relation with him spanning over two decades lasted till the former’s last breath.
An emotional Chouhan said he was not able to believe that Mahajan was not among them. Darkness seemed to have engulfed the day, he said.
He said the leader believed in advance planning and perfect execution of the same. Whether in government or in the party, he executed his task to the level of perfection. He used to say one should carry on one’s fight until and unless the last ship sank. It was only after Mahajan’s departure that people realised his real worth. The entire country was grief-stricken over his death, the Chief Minister added.
State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia said Mahajan had a unique style of functioning — well-planned and timely execution of work.
Senior leader Sunderlal Patwa recalled his long association with Mahajan and said he had amazing skills to change the situation and his farsightedness was matchless.
The CPM’s Pramod Pradhan said the magnitude of Mahajan’s personality was well reflected in the gush of people’s deep feeling for him from almost every part of the country. His great quality was he maintained relations with various political parties having different ideologies.
Samajwadi Party general secretary Munawwar Bhai summed up his feelings in these words: “Zamana baday shauq se sun raha tha, tumhi so gaye daastan kahte kahte.”
Mahajan’s demise, Munawwar added, had overshadowed the country’s entire political scene. His great gift to the young generation in particular and others was his example how to accomplish even big tasks while smiling.
The State Congress general secretary Manak Agarwal said when he met Mahajan in a plane the leader looked like a political warrior. But the God did not allow him to remain with us.
The District Congress president Zaheer Khan said the most endearing quality of Mahajan was he did not hate any other ideology. That’s why he was able to form NDA alliance and help the government run for five years.
Gurudwara Samiti’s Guru Gyanisingh recited Guruvani. Shahar Qazi Hamidullah Saheb quoted the Quran’s verses which spoke of mortality of the world.
Mayor Sunil Sood, RSS regional prachar pramukh Vinodji, Vishwa Hindu Parishad state president Rajendra Sharma, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh’s Prabhakar Kelkar, Vidyabharati’s Ramarao also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the life and personality of Mahajan.
Others who paid their homage to the leader include Kailash Joshi, Babulal Gaur, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Kailash Sarang, Vikram Verma, Ramdayal Prajapati, Umashankar Gupta, Anil Dave, Ramesh Sharma, Dhruvnarayan Singh, Alok Sanjar, Gaurishankar Kaushal, Kamalbhai Lalbhai, Dr Arun Batra, Usha Chaturvedi, Sadhna Singh, Krishna Gaur, Seema Singh, Sarita Deshpande, Rameshwar Sharma, Rammohan Sharma and several others.