New Delhi, Feb 12: A life-size portrait of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee unveiled at the Central Hall of Parliament by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, others were also present in the Parliament.
PM Modi in his address stated “Atal Ji had a long political career, a large part of that career was spent in opposition. Yet, he continued raising issues of public interest and never ever deviated from his ideology”.
“Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji will be remembered because there was criticism in his words for opposition but in his heart, there was no anger against opposition”, Azad said.
Vajpayee, considered among India’s political leader, was the first Prime Minister from outside the Congress to serve a full five-year tenure between 1998 and 2004.
The vetran leader is also a recipient of India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, which was conferred on him in the year 2015.