Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several of his cabinet colleagues including President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah along with several top leaders are paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.
Official sources said that PM Modi, the Union ministers, and other top leaders would visit “Sadaiv Atal” which is the memorial of the former prime minister and there they will be paying their tributes.
The BJP leaders visited the memorial of the former prime minister in Delhi early this morning. On August 16, 2018, the veteran leader died after a prolonged illness. In the prayer meeting, there were also present, Namita Kaul Bhattacharya who is the adopted daughter of Mr. Vajpayee and Niharika who is his granddaughter.
The memorial of the iconic leader, Sadaiv Atal was inaugurated on his 94th birth anniversary last December. He passed away at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Last year, PM Modi surprised many people by walking four kilometers with Mr. Vajpayee’s funeral procession. The journey started from the BJP office in Delhi to the Smriti Sthal which is situated close to the memorials of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was cremated with state honors and his ashes were immersed in various rivers across the country.
The tenth Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004. He was also the first-ever from the party BJP to have become the country’s Prime Minister. He served three terms as the Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. The legend was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2014.