India’s former prime minister and veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee – hailed as a “man of the masses” – was feted on Sunday by President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, among others. senior leaders at his memorial in the national capital. There were scenes of President Murmu arriving at the memorial along with PM Modi and other leaders as each of them paid their respects individually.
PM Modi also posted a video on Twitter, remembering Vajpayee, one of the founders of the ruling BJP. “His contribution to India is indelible. His leadership and vision motivate millions of people. (sic)” the post read. In the video, Modi is heard recalling PM Vajpayee’s legacy as he remembers him as a “true patriot”.
Vajpayee served as the country’s prime minister for two terms – first briefly in 1996 and then in 1999. “Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India for two consecutive terms” – reads his biography on the Indian government website. Prime ministers He said his first brush with national politics “was during his student days, when he joined the Quit India Movement of 1942, which hastened the end of British colonial rule.” Among his other interests besides politics were poetry and cooking.
Amit Shah and many other BJP leaders also posted tributes on social media. “Atal Ji’s life was dedicated to take India to new heights. He laid the foundations of the new India and the country achieved global stature,” he wrote in Hindi.
“I bow to the source of inspiration for all of us – the illustrious former Prime Minister Atalji – on his birth anniversary. He wrote a new chapter in India’s development and good governance and gave the country a new identity in the world.” He was not only a visionary, but also an erudite. His contribution to nation building is unforgettable,” Rajnath Singh wrote in Hindi.
The ruling NDA celebrates its birth anniversary as ‘Good Governance Day’.
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