President Kovind, PM Modi pay respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on second death anniversary

Vajpayee, who passed away in 2018, was remembered by party leaders as a statesman and saffron stalwart

Press Trust of India August 16, 2020 12:35:15 IST
President Kovind, PM Modi pay respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on second death anniversary

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among several dignitaries who paid tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his second death anniversary on Sunday.

They were joined by several Union ministers and other leaders at 'Sadaiv Atal', the memorial to Vajpayee in the national capital, in paying respects to him.

Modi said India will always remember his outstanding service and efforts towards the nation’s progress. "Tributes to beloved Atal Ji on his Punya Tithi. India will always remember his outstanding service and efforts towards our nation’s progress," Modi tweeted.

Vajpayee, the first BJP prime minister, had passed away on this day in 2018. A statesman and saffron stalwart, he was fondly remembered by other senior BJP leaders.

Home Minister Amit Shah said the country for the first time saw "good governance" being implemented across the nation under Vajpayee. The Modi government is striving for the welfare of the poor and good governance by keeping his ideas at the centre of its work, Shah added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Vajpayee's "tremendous contribution towards public life and India’s development will always be cherished, and his vision for the country will continue to inspire coming generations".

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