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President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary

The BJP stalwart died last year on August 16 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2019 08:34 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind pay floral tributes on the samadhi of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary in new Delhi on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind pay floral tributes on the samadhi of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary in new Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav /HT Photo)
         

Remembering one of the tallest leaders and founder member of the party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, here.

The BJP stalwart died last year on August 16 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national working president JP Nadda and other leaders of the party paid tributes to Vajpayee at his memorial.

Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika were also present at his death anniversary function.

Vajpayee, who led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998-2004, was the first-ever leader from the BJP to have become the nation’s Prime Minister. Vajpayee served as Prime Minister thrice -- briefly in 1996, and then for two terms between 1998 and 2004.

His birthday, which falls on December 25, is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’ by the party. He was decorated with the Bharat Ratna in 2014.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Aug 16, 2019 08:27 IST

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