Atal Bihari Vajpayee death anniversary: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah pay homage to former PM among others

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Political leaders from across the spectrum remembered former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary today, 16 August. Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among the leaders who paid tribute to the late statesman on social media.

Remembering Vajpayee’s warm personality and “contribution to national progress”, PM Modi stated that Vajpayee “lives in the hearts and minds of our citizens”. PM Modi, President Kovind, and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu were among the leaders who paid floral tributes to Vajpayee at the ‘Sadaiv Atal’ Samadhi in Delhi.

Home Minister Amit Shah remarked that Vajpayee’s determination and foresight brought development and governance to the country and touched the lives of all Indians.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu called Vajpayee the “embodiment of good governance,” saying that “sterling contribution to nation-building will always be remembered”.

BJP President JP Nadda said Vajpayee’s commitment to democratic ideals was an inspiration for everyone, adding that his “whole life was dedicated to the country”.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid his respects to the former prime minister.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also remembered the statesman, stating that Vajpayee “restored democratic values through his conduct in Indian politics”.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also paid his respects, calling Vajpayee a “towering statesman, an erudite parliamentarian and orator par excellence”.

Vajpayee breathed his last on 16 August 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served as Prime Minister three times. During his tenure, India conducted its second-ever nuclear bomb test in 1998.

Vajpayee was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2014. His birth anniversary on 25 December is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’.

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