Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been confered with India’s most elevated non military personnel respect, the Bharat Ratna by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at his residency on 6 Krishna Menon Marg in New Delhi.
VP Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally went to the service. A few top cabinet ministers were additionally present at the function.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley additionally communicated their confered at Vajpayee being presented the Bharat Ratna. Vajpayee was the first non-Congress leader to serve India for a full five year term from 1999 to 2004.
Vajpayee is the seventh executive to get the recompense after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Happy that Atal Ji is being conferred Bharat Ratna today. A truly great statesman who richly deserves honour. I wish him well…”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted his congratulations: “Heartiest congratulations to our revered mentor & beloved Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji for being conferred with ‘Bharat Ratna’ today.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “My heartfelt congratulations to Vajpayee Sahib & his family on the day he receives the Bharat Ratna. It was an honour to serve under him.”