Atal Bihari Vajpayee gets Bharat Ratna
President Pranab Mukherjee conferring the Bharat Ratna on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi on Friday(27.032015).
Veteran Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, was on Friday conferred with Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee
In a departure from protocol, Mr. Mukherjee drove to Mr. Vajpayee’s residence at Krishna Memon marg in Lutyens’ Delhi and presented to the ailing BJP leader the prestigious award, the country’s highest civilian honour.
The event, which was attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with some close family members, was kept away from the media glare.
Mr. 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.
» He was one of the founder members of the erstwhile Bharatiya Janatha Sangh which later became the Bharatiya Janata Party
» His birthday (December 25) was declared as Good Governance Day by the Narendra Modi government
» He has served as the Prime Minister of India thrice
» His pet projects were the National Highway Development Project and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
» In 2001, the Vajpayee government launched the famous Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which aimed at improving the quality of education in primary and secondary schools.
» He was the strong political voice behind the Ram Janmabhomi Movement which sought to build a temple for the Hindu God Rama in Ayodhya
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