Atal Bihari Vajpayee death anniversary: PM Modi, President Murmu among leaders to pay respects

The leaders paid floral tributes to the veteran BJP leader who died in 2018 at the age of 93 years

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 12:09 PM IST
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PM Modi at ‘Sadaiv Atal’, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s memorial in New Delhi, on Tuesday | Twitter/@narendramodi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday paid tribute floral tribute to former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on his death anniversary, alongside several other prominent leaders.

Several union ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda joined PM Modi at ‘Sadaiv Atal’, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s memorial in the national capital.

The leaders paid floral tributes to the veteran BJP leader who died in 2018 at the age of 93 years. The BJP leaders were joined by Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya who was also present at ‘Sadaiv Atal’.

PM Modi and the other dignitaries also attended a prayer meeting that was held in the memory of the BJP stalwart who joined the RSS in 1947 and rose through the ranks to become a stalwart of the BJP.

Vajpayee’s role was crucial to the BJP’s rise to power in the second half of the 1990s. His amiable personality and cross-party relations brought him and the party many allies and helped the party form a winning coalition.

Vajpayee was the former Prime Minister of India and was elected to the position twice in 1996 and 1999. A member of the Bhartiya Janta Party, Vajpayee had joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 as a student leader. He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 2015 on his birthday.

His birthday, December 25, was also declared as Good Governance Day by the Narendra Modi government. He was the first non-congress political leader who became the Prime Minister of India. He passed away on August 16, 2018.

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