Bhayandar: As the entire nation plunged into grief over the demise of former PM and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) in Uttan near Bhayandar went silent to mourn its beloved leader. A mango tree planted by him in January 6, 2003, in the premises of the RMP stands testimony to his link to the place.
Vajpayee had visited this small village tucked 40 km from Mumbai, to inaugurate the country’s first training school for politicians in the presence of his deputy LK Advani, Union IT Minister Pramod Mahajan, Venkaiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP vice-president Gopinath Munde. Those attached to the RMP- especially Chandrakant Jadhav share an emotional bonding with the now 15-year-old fruit-bearing tree.
“A few years back three dozen mangoes were sent to Atalji. We were thrilled when we were informed that he had called up the institution to convey that he really liked the sweet and juicy mangoes. This tree will relive fond memories of his visit and stay at RMP.” said Jadhav.