Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Saturday announced the cyber tower which Atal Bihari Vajpayee had helped to set up in the country will be named after the late former Indian prime minister. Jugnauth made the announcement during the World Hindi Conference held in the country and paid a tribute to Vajpayee in presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The former Indian PM had passed away on August 16 after a prolonged illness. He was cremated at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on August 17 with full state honour. In an unprecedented gesture, Mauritius had on Friday kept its flag at half-mast in honour of Vajpayee.
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Condoling the death of the late BJP leader, the Mauritian prime minister had said that Vajpayee “shaped the destiny of India through his bold leadership and his deep-rooted empathy for the common man.”
Recalling Vajpayee’s visit to the Indian Ocean island nation, Jugnauth had said, “We were honoured to receive him in March 2000 as chief guest at the National Day celebrations and whenever he visited Mauritius.”
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“Mauritius mourns the loss of a man who stood not only for India but also for Mauritius,” he added.