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Former PM Atal BIhari Vajpayee with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima in 2003
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NE leaders pay tribute to Vajpayee

Remembering the former PM and his long-standing relationship with the region

Northeastern leaders, cutting across party lines, took to Twitter to offer their condolences to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in New Delhi on Thursday.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, while commenting on the “common love for the nation” shared by BJP patriarch Vajpayee and his late father, former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, tweeted a picture of the duo exchanging smiles during a meeting.

Attaching an old picture of himself chatting with Vajpayee and home minister Rajnath Singh, president of Arunachal Pradesh Tapir Gao said the departed leader’s "amiability and generosity were the unique aspects of his personality”.

The nation has lost a worthy son of the soil, tweeted Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling.

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio said the people of Nagaland have a special place for Vajpayee in their hearts.

Vajpayee’s “resolute leadership transformed India and gave us wings to dream big and achieve”, tweeted Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

Vajpayee’s “uniqueness shall live forever”, tweeted Manipur CM N Biren Singh.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Vajpayee’s "ideals, ideas are Atal and shall live forever!”

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu said Vajpayee “will always be remembered as iconic and charismatic figure who was loved by all”.