Asian Games 2018: Bajrang Punia dedicating gold says lot about Vajpayee’s personality: PM Modi
Bajrang Punia who got India’s its first gold medal at the games on Sunday announced he was dedicating his medal to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Updated: Aug 20, 2018 21:02 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia’s dedication of his Asian Games gold medal to late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee says a lot about the veteran leader’s personality, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
When he (Vajpayee) formed the government for 13 days, no party was willing to support him. As a result, the government fell. Yesterday, Bajrang Punia, who I think has never seen him dedicated his gold medal to Atalji.... I think this says a lot about his personality,” Modi said at a prayer meeting here for Vajpayee, who had passed away here on August 16.
Punia who got India’s its first gold medal at the games on Sunday announced he was dedicating his medal to the former prime minister.
Lauding Vajpayee, who was among the founders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said Vajpayee spent several years in opposition,but never compromised his ideology.
“His efforts ensured that India became a nuclear power and attributed the tests to the brilliance of our scientists.He never buckled under pressure.He was Atal after all,” he added
Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, who was closely associated with Vajpayee throughout his political career, said he had addressed several public meetings but had had never thought that he will once have to address a meeting like this, “a meeting where Atal ji would not be there”.
“I consider myself fortunate that my friendship with Atal ji lasted for 65 years during which I watched him closely. Working together, we shared our experiences, watched films together and read books together,” he added.
When he formed govt for 13 days, no party was willing to support him. As a result govt fell. Yesterday, Bajrang Punia, who I think has never seen him dedicated his gold medal to Atal ji, I think this says a lot about his personality:PM Modi at #AtalBihariVajpayee's prayer meeting pic.twitter.com/n29Zk6f762— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2018
First Published: Aug 20, 2018 19:03 IST