Himachal’s poets on Monday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a poetry session (Kavyanjali) organised at the Gaiety Theatre, Shimla.

A short documentary based on Vajpayee’s life and audio recordings of his poems were also played during this event which was jointly organised by the Language and Culture department and Shimla district administration.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that though Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee has left for hea enly abode, still he was alive in everybody’s heart as a poet, a litterateur, a state man, a open hearted person and for few a guardian.

He had a rare and a charismatic personality that no one can match and that was the only reason that though he was not in active politics for about twelve years, but entire nation came out to pay him tributes on his death, he said.

“Vajpayee was a visionary leader and his contributions to the nation would never be forgotten,” he said, adding it was a matter of pride and honour for the people of the state that he always considered Himachal Pradesh as his second

Thakur said he used to come here regularly and wrote most of his poems during his stay at Preeni. The people of the state would always miss his benevolence and special attachment with the state.

The CM thanked the poets for reciting heart touching poems on the life and personality of Vajpayee.