On Thursday, the most loved and respected former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left us. He was admired for his leadership and his thought process. There is no doubt that everyone loved him, even the opposition party was not far away. Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi made an exception in Parliament for only a single person and that is Atal Bihari Vajpayee to whom he was always courteous.
The rapport shared by both of them was a true example for every other politician. It was a strange bond among both but they were a true exception that is so rare especially in today’s political world where ministers can’t see each other in the eye. Vajpayee stated in an interview that it is Rajiv Gandhi that helped him a lot for hi Kidney treatment in the US.
"The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox" by Ullekh NP, contained all the required information that will warm your heart to the core. No matter how the relations are between BJP and Congress in the present time. There was a time when they were there for each other irrespective of being an arch rival.
When Rajiv Gandhi learnt about the ailment, he called Atal Bihari Vajpayee to his offer. In the book, it is said by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, "When Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, he somehow found out I had a kidney problem and need treatment abroad. One day he called me to his office and said he was going to include me in India's delegation to the UN and hoped I would use the opportunity to get the treatment I needed. I went to New York and that is one reason I am alive today".
Rajiv Gandhi who was Indian Prime Minister in between 1984 and 1989 said to his officials that the BJP leader should return back to India only when his treatment is done and he is well to travel back. Even though Vajpayee was a leader of the opposition, Rajiv Gandhi showed his true nature of a leader and a human being.
This story was shared by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the senior journalist Karan Thapar after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 by a female suicide bomber. He added that despite being in opposition and an opponent, he could not speak like one and only wanted to “talk about what he did for me”.