Ex-Prime Minister AB Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on Friday

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran Parliamentarian and founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, will be conferred Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, on 27 March.

hidden March 25, 2015 19:19:19 IST
Ex-Prime Minister AB Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on Friday

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran Parliamentarian and founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, will be conferred Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, on 27 March.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who are likely to be present at the Krishna Memon marg residence of Vajpayee in Lutyens' Delhi where he will be honoured.

ExPrime Minister AB Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on Friday

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. AFP

The announcement for the prestigious award for Vajpayee, the first Prime Minister from outside the Congress party to serve a full five-year term, came on 24 December, a day before he turned 90.

Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, and has faded from public life due to age-related illness, is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of BJP.

He has been credited with taking bold initiatives, notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with both sides pledging to push for peace and security.

Vajpayee's detractors called him the "mask" of RSS but still always had good words for him.

Bharat Ratna announced earlier for noted educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya will be given posthumously to his family members on March 30 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

An educationist with a vision, Malviya was behind the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University.

Born on December 25, 1861, Malviya was catapulted into the political arena immediately after his first moving speech at the second Congress session held in Kolkata in 1886. He was President of INC in 1909 and 1918.

Malviya is also remembered for his stellar role in the Independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism. He was one of the initial leaders of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha.

The recommendation for Bharat Ratna is made by the Prime Minister himself to the President.

In 2013, when the UPA government had announced Bharat Ratna for former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist CNR Rao, BJP had criticised Congress for ignoring Vajpayee's contribution to the nation.

Since its inception, 43 people including former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bhadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi besides singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and the batting mastreo have received the prestigious award.

Later, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a communique that the President will present the Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee on March 27, 2015 at his residence in New Delhi.

The President will also confer the Bharat Ratna on Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) on March 30, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan along with the Civil Investiture Ceremony for the Padma Awards, it said.

PTI

Updated Date:

also read

BJP president JP Nadda takes a dig at Congress; says it's now party of 'bhai-behen'
Politics

BJP president JP Nadda takes a dig at Congress; says it's now party of 'bhai-behen'

Addressing a seminar on 'Threat of Dynastic Parties to Democratic Governance', Nadda said dynastic parties, where a person's interest reigns supreme, lack ideology and are a threat to the idea of democracy

From Tajinder Bagga to Karunanidhi, drama is a must when politicians are arrested
Politics

From Tajinder Bagga to Karunanidhi, drama is a must when politicians are arrested

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga’s arrest, which saw three states in a political slugfest, was nothing short of a potboiler. It brings to mind the arrest of P Chidambaram, which saw CBI officers scaling walls, and the midnight drama that unfolded in DMK chief Karunanidhi's house

GhoseSpot | A tale of two Shivirs: How BJP is setting agenda for 25 years, but Congress is busy sorting family issues
Politics

GhoseSpot | A tale of two Shivirs: How BJP is setting agenda for 25 years, but Congress is busy sorting family issues

Like the BJP, the Congress too just concluded a conclave of its senior leaders called ‘Chintan Shivir’— coincidentally also in Rajasthan, at Udaipur