‘India will always remember’: PM Modi pays tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his second death anniversary.

“Tributes to beloved Atal Ji on his Punya Tithi. India will always remember his outstanding service and efforts towards our nation’s progress,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Remembering Vajpayee, Amit Shah said he was the voice of patriotism and Indian culture.

“Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji was the voice of patriotism and Indian culture. He was a dedicated politician as well as a skilled organiser who played an important role in the foundation and growth of the BJP and inspired millions of workers to serve the country,” Shah tweeted.

“The country saw good governance for the first time under Atal ji’s prime ministerial tenure. While on one hand he did developmental works like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, PM Gram Sadak Yojana, National Highway Development Project, on the other hand he laid the foundation of a strong India with Pokhran trial and the victory in Kargil,” he added.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also paid tributes to Vajpayee.

“I bow to former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji on his punyatithi. His tremendous contribution towards pubic life and India’s development will always be cherished. His vision for India will continue to inspire coming generations,” Rajnath said.

Born on December 25, 1924, in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, Vajpayee was the first- from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Prime Minister. He served as Prime Minister thrice – briefly in 1996, from 1998 to 1999 and then for a full five-year term between 1999 and 2004.