By Yashika Goel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary at the ‘Sadaiv Atal’ Samadhi in New Delhi.
One of the prominent leaders of the nation and founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Vajpayee died on August 16, 2018, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after a prolonged illness at 93.
PM Modi writes on Twitter
“We remember his warm personality, we remember his endearing nature, we remember his wit and humor, we remember his contribution to national progress. Atal Ji lives in the hearts and minds of our citizens. Today, on his Punya Tithi went to Sadaiv Atal and paid tributes to him.”
BJP president JP Nadda and other leaders also paid tribute to the former Prime Minister.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were also present at the memorial.
Vajpeyee was known for his extraordinary oratory skill and believed in soft version of Hinduism.
Vajpayee served as Prime Minister thrice — briefly in 1996, then for 2 terms between 1998 and 2004. His birthday, on December 25, is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 2014.