Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has spent a most of his long political career in the opposition but never differ from his ideology, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the unveiling of a life-size portrait of the iconic figure today in the Parliament House.

The life-size portrait of Vajpayee was unwrapped by President Ram Nath Kovind in the Central Hall of Parliament House.

During his tribute to the former Prime Minister, the present Prime Minister talks about the greatness of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee that would take ‘hours and hours’.

PM Modi continued, “From now, Atal Ji will be forever in the Parliament’s Central Hall, inspiring us and blessing us. Atal Ji had a long political career, a large part of that career was spent in Opposition. Yet, he continued raising issues of public interest and never ever deviated from his ideology.”

The Prime Minister further described Mr. Vajpayee as a legendary orator and said that “there was power in Atal Ji’s speech and there was equal power in Atal Ji‘s silence. His communication skills were unparalleled. He had a great sense of humor.”

Mr. Vajpayee became the Prime Minister for the first time in 1996 for 13-days, then from 1998 to 1999 for 13-months, and then from 1999 to 2004.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee after a prolonged illness died on August 16, 2018, at 93-years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has walked four kilometers with Mr. Vajpayee’s funeral procession in Delhi.

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