Atal’s younger sis feels award came late, relives time they spent together

  • Hemendra Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 01:12 IST

A house in Pratap Nagar locality of Agra had reasons to celebrate on Wednesday. It is home to Kamla Dixit, the younger sister of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee had been to Agra to meet his sister who fondly remembers eating ‘gulgule’ in Bateshwar with her brother, now to be honoured with Bharat Ratna.

Two years younger to her Vajpayee, Dixit feels that she was alive just for hearing this news. Recollecting her childhood with brother Vajpayee, the lady got emotional and felt that this award should have been conferred much earlier to him.

“Atal ji used to worry for all the family members and enquired about their well being when we used to visit him. He is very fond of spicey ‘gol-guppe’ of Agra besides relishing ‘gazak’ and ‘kaju katli,” informed Kamla Dixit via her daughter-in-law Nirmala Dixit.

The family had gone to meet Vajpayee about two years ago and he was at her residence in Agra last time in 2005.

Devendra Vajpayee (68) belongs to Bateshwar — the paternal village of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Atalji visited Bateshwar lastly when his 13-month govt fell and had laid foundation stone for Agra Etawah Rail line,” recollected the lawyer.

Devendra Vajpayee revealed that there were no remains of the house in which Atal ji’s parents lived in Bateshwar, 65 kilometers from Agra.

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