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.
भारत रत्न श्रद्धेय श्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी जी देशभक्ति व भारतीय संस्कृति की प्रखर आवाज थे। वह एक राष्ट्र समर्पित राजनेता होने के साथ-साथ कुशल संगठक भी थे जिन्होंने भाजपा की नींव रख उसके विस्तार में एक अहम भूमिका निभाई और करोड़ों कार्यकर्ताओं को देश सेवा के लिए प्रेरित किया। pic.twitter.com/VhQ4xWG9oe
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 16, 2020
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 pubic life and India's development will always be cherished, and his vision for the country will continue to inspire coming generations.
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 Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 16, 2020