Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is deeply grieved by the demise former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday. Patnaik said, "It is a great national loss today as much as a personal loss for me. I will always cherish my association with Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji especially as it was during my initial years in politics. He embodied a unique combination of grace, idealism and tolerance in politics. He was a statesman who was admired across the political spectrum-rare in politics. His depth of vision and understanding of issues was unparalleled. He was a man of firm principles and an idealistic poet. It is truly the end of an era... Vajpayjee ji had a large heart with a special corner for Odisha- a love that was equally reciprocated by the people of Odisha... We will miss you Vajpayeeji."