On Sunday, the 98th anniversary of his birth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu, and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal.
Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Hardeep Singh Puri also paid their respects in New Delhi.
Delhi | President Droupadi Murmu, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay floral tribute at ‘Sadaiv Atal’ on former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/sIpjzeUmNL
— ANI (@ANI) December 25, 2022
“Honoring Atal Ji on his Jayanti. His contribution to India will go on forever. Prime Minister Modi tweeted his leadership and vision inspire millions of people today.
Tributes to Atal Ji on his Jayanti. His contribution to India is indelible. His leadership and vision motivate millions of people. pic.twitter.com/tDYNKiGXxj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2022
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister and a pillar of the BJP, died in 2018 at 93.
Congress lawmaker Jairam Ramesh said on social media that Vajpayee was a first-term member of Parliament when he co-signed a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru demanding an early session of Parliament to discuss the Chinese invasion. According to Ramesh, lawmakers “cannot even criticise continuing Chinese invasions.”
Today is the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was a first term MP when he co-signed a letter to Nehru requesting for Parliament to be convened earlier than scheduled to debate the Chinese invasion. Nehru agreed. Now MPs can’t even discuss ongoing Chinese incursions.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) December 25, 2022
Former Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expressed his respect as well. Utilising social media, he asserted that Vajpayee was a visionary reformer who accelerated global growth.
“On the anniversary of his birth, I pay homage to the memory of my mentor and former Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna Shri #AtalBihariVajpayeeJi, an iconic stalwart, statesman, philosopher, and poet,” Naidu claimed that Atalji was a visionary reformer who accelerated overall development.
Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh paid his respects. He tweeted that the former prime minister wrote a new chapter in the country’s progress and good governance. He continued by saying that Vajpayee’s contribution to nation-building is indelible.