Narendra Modi unveils statue of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan, Lucknow on his 95th birth anniversary.
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Lok Bhavan in Lucknow on his 95th birth anniversary.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present at the Lok Bhavan for the event.
PM Modi also paid tribute to the late Prime Minister at Lok Bhavan.
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan. UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and UP CM Yogi Adityanath also present . pic.twitter.com/xeTKlh7z0H— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 25, 2019
He is scheduled to participate in the foundation stone ceremony of Atal Bihari Medical University in Lucknow today.
Earlier in the day, Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other BJP leaders paid floral tributes to Vajpayee at the iv Sadad Atal 'memorial in the national capital.
The Center has also renamed the tunnel under the Rohtang Pass after the late Prime Minister and has also given the green signal to the 'Atal Bhujal Yojana' to improve groundwater management through community participation in New Delhi.
Born on 25 December 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Vajpayee was the first BJP to become Prime Minister. He served as Prime Minister thrice in 1996, from 1998 to 1999 and again from 1999 to 2004 for a full five-year term.
Apart from politics, Vajpayee was a prominent writer and has composed many poems. After resigning as Prime Minister in 2004, the BJP veteran retired from active politics due to his active health.
The veteran BJP leader died on 16 August 2018 after a prolonged illness at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
25 December is celebrated as 'Good Governance Day' in Vajpayee's honor. (ANI)