Patna: BJP patriach LK Advani on Sunday led top NDA leaders in paying floral tributes to the late party stalwart Kailashpati Mishra, describing him as a role model and inspirational leader.
"Mishraji was a hardworking and inspirational leader, being a role model for lakhs of workers," he told reporters after paying floral tributes to the 89-year-old leader.
It has been due to sincere endeavour and commitment of leaders like Mishraji who assiduously worked to strengthen the party since joining the Jansangh in 1969 that the BJP was ruling in nine states on its own or with allies, Advani said.
"Mishra`s death has created a vacuum in the party," he said.
The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, who along with the BJP MP Ananth Kumar flew in here from New Delhi to pay tribute to Mishra, described the latter as an inspirational leader and role model. Kumar said that the departed leader was a `Bhishma Pitamah` of the party.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also flew in here to pay tribute to the late BJP leader who was former Gujarat Governor.
Modi went to Mishra`s residence straight from the Patna airport where he had arrived on a special plane late this afternoon.
He stayed at the residence of Mishra, who died yesterday, for about 15 minutes before returning to the airport.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP Deputy
leader in Rajya Sabha Ravishankar Prasad, Bihar BJP President C P Thakur and others accompanied Modi during his brief stay.
Coming out of Mishra`s house, Modi told reporters that "Mishra as Governor of Gujarat had worked as a bridge between the Centre and the state."
Mishra had served as Governor of Gujarat from 2003 to 2004.
He also said Mishra acted as a "guide" for lakhs of party workers across the country.
A large number of BJP workers shouted slogans in favour of Modi outside Mishra`s house. Modi last visited Patna to attend the BJP national executive meeting in 2010.
The NDA convenor and the JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav said Mishra had worked tirelessly to make the BJP a force at the state and national level.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, the Jharkhand unit BJP President Dineshanand Goswami, former Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das also paid their condolences.
A wreath was also laid on the body of Mishra on behalf of the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha said it was a personal loss to him as Mishra had trained him in politics.
"BJP patriach LK Advani had asked Mishra to train me in politics and he took special care of me while doing so," Sinha who is BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb, said.