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
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.
Tributes to beloved Atal Ji on his Punya Tithi. India will always remember his outstanding service and efforts towards our nation’s progress. pic.twitter.com/ZF0H3vEPVd
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2020
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.
अटल जी के प्रधानमंत्री कार्यकाल में देश ने पहली बार सुशासन को चरितार्थ होते देखा। जहां एक ओर उन्होंने सर्व शिक्षा अभियान, पीएम ग्राम सड़क योजना, राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग विकास परियोजना जैसे विकासशील कार्य किए तो वहीं दूसरी ओर पोखरण परीक्षण व करगिल विजय से मजबूत भारत की नींव रखी।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 16, 2020
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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Shah said for the first time since Independence, those living in the hill areas of Manipur have felt that there is a central government which thinks about their welfare