The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at his memorial Sadaiv Atal in Delhi.
The BJP stalwart had breathed his last on August 16 last year. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and members of Vajpayee's family were present to remember one of the tallest leaders and founder member of the party.
Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind & Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay tribute to former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee , on his first death anniversary at 'Sadaiv Atal' - the memorial of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. pic.twitter.com/2gSFy65idL- ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
Vajpayee's dauther Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika were present at his memorial. Hymns and devotional music was being played at Vajpayee's memorial which was dedicated to the nation in December last year.
Delhi: Late #AtalBihariVajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika pay tribute to former Prime Minister at 'Sadaiv Atal', on his first death anniversary today. pic.twitter.com/4GG1nIONtM- ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
The central samadhi platform comprises nine square black polished granite stone blocks, capped with a "diya" in the centre. Vajpayee (93) died on August 16 last year at AIIMS.Vajpayee was the first-ever BJP leader to have become India's Prime Minister.
He successfully led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 1998-2004. He served as Prime Minister thrice- first for a brief period of time in 1996 and went on to serve for two terms between 1998-2004.
He was also decorated with Bharat Ratna in the year 2014. Vajpayee's birthday on December 25 is celebrated as 'Good Governance Day' by BJP.