Expressing grief over the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the "gentle giant" will be missed by all.
In a post on Twitter, Kovind said his leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own.
"Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former prime minister and a true Indian statesman," he said.
"Atalji, the gentle giant, will be missed by one and all," he added.
Vajpayee, the 93-year old leader, who successfully steered through several strategic challenges during his tenure as prime minister, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness.
He is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted on June 11 with a number of ailments announced his death at 5.05 PM today.