Former lieutenant of Mamata Banerjee and BJP leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday said that Trinamul Congress would not have come into being had former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee been not there.

Speaking at the condolence meeting of the former PM at Mahajati Sadan, Mr Roy said that the former Prime Minister Mr Vajpayee had helped a lot in the formation of the Trinamul, but the present party leadership of the Trinamul is ungrateful to Atalji.

On any major issue, Atalji always gave priority to the country’s interest and never worked for narrow political gains, he said.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is following in the footsteps of Atal ji and in some cases he has even overtaken former PM Atalji. In some cases Modi is ahead of Atal ji, Mr Ghosh said.

Mr Ghosh said that Vajpayee had won the Kargil war but during his regime but Indian Army never crossed the Line of Control. But under the leadership of Modi, Indian Army showed the dare to cross the LOC to teach a lesson to the Pakistan Army.

“We will be able to show him respect if we can complete the incomplete work of Atalji,” Mr Ghosh said. BJP leader and former union minister of state during Vajpayee’s regime, Satyabrata Mookherjee said that Atalji had come to a campaign in Krishnanagar for him.

He also thanked him for becoming an MP. Today LK Advani who was Vajpayee’s most trusted colleague is being sidelined by the present BJP leadership, Mr Mookherjee regretted.

No other politician’s image is as clean as Vajpeyee’s and in the political arena which Atalji had, had no enemy, said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

“I have seen him as a journalist, as a peacemaker, as a philosopher and after all as an efficient Prime Minister,” the Governor said.