1. Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Narendra Modi says ‘historic day’

Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Narendra Modi says ‘historic day’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a historic day as Bharat Ratna was conferred upon former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 27, 2015 9:09 PM
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Prime Minister said Vajpayee had dedicated his life to the nation and was an inspiration for crores of people like him. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a historic day as Bharat Ratna was conferred upon former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“It is a historic day for crores of Indians today when Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being given Bharat Ratna award,” he tweeted.

He praised President Pranab Mukherjee’s gesture of going to Vajpayee’s residence to present the highest honour of the country to the ailing leader.

“This gesture reflects grace & dignity,” Modi said while referring to Mukherjee departing from convention to do the honours.

Later, the Prime Minister said Vajpayee had dedicated his life to the nation and was an inspiration for crores of people like him.

“Atalji is an outstanding son of the country…He has lived every moment of his life for the country. He is an inspiration for crores of people like me and will continue to be so. I pray to the God that he continues to give inspiration,” Modi said while paying tributes to Vajpayee.

  1. Rajendra Dheer
    Mar 28, 2015 at 12:43 am
    Better late than never. This honor was long overdue. If a Tendulkar can walk away with one than Atal Ji's score is overwhelming over him. His services to the nation and inspirational leadership style are awesome. His presence will be long after he has departed us. May God Bless him and us for his presence amongst us. Jai Bharat!!
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