Kovind, Venkaiah, Modi greet Vajpayee on 93rd birthday

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Dec 2017 08:42:18



PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his 93rd birthday.
Modi was among the first to meet him at his residence here.
“Visited Atal ji to convey birthday greetings to him. Spent time with his family as well,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.

“Birthday wishes to our much-loved and respected former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee,” Kovind tweeted.
Naidu said: “Convey my heartfelt greetings to Bharat Ratna, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee ji, on his birthday, today (Monday).”

“Birthday greetings to our beloved Atal Ji. His phenomenal as well as visionary leadership made India more developed
and further raised our prestige at the world stage. I pray for his good health,” Modi said in an earlier tweet.
BJP President Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh also visited Vajapayee’s residence to greet him. Several Union Ministers, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman, also greeted Vajpayee.

Congress Party also send birthday wishes to Vajpayee and tweeted: “We wish former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee a very Happy Birthday.”
Born in the family of a humble school teacher on December 25 1924, in the erstwhile princely state of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Vajpayee served as Prime Minister from March 19, 1998, to May 22, 2004, and for a short period in 1996.

Kovind and Modi also remembered Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on his birth anniversary“On his birth anniversary, my homage to freedom fighter, educationist and nation builder Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya,” Kovind said.

In his tweet, Modi said: “Remembering Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on his Jayanti. His impact on India’s history is strong and unforgettable. His efforts to further education and a spirit of patriotism will always be remembered.”
UP frees 93 prisoners on Vajpayee’s birthday: The Uttar Pradesh Government set free 93 prisoners from their jail term - in a gesture of respect to former Prime Minister and veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Behari Vajpayee, who turned 93 on Monday.

Of the freed prisoners, six were from the Lucknow zone, 19 from the Agra zone, 14 each from the Varanasi and Faizabad zones, 5 from the Gorakhpur zone, 16 from the Kanpur zone, 8 from the Allahabad zone, and 11 from the Bareilly zone, said a Home Department official.

BJP workers in Lucknow distributed saffron shawls and blankets to poor, lightened 93 lamps and offered sweets weighing 93 kg to celebrate Vajpayee’s Birthday. BJP MPs, MLAs, office bearers of State and district party units participated in the programme, media in-charge of UP BJP Harish Srivastava said.