Kovind, Modi offer floral tributes to Vajpayee

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind homage to the former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary, at Sadaiv Atal, Rajghat, Delhi on December 25, 2018. The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is also seen.

Sadaiv Atal, a memorial of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was dedicated to the nation today on his 94th birth anniversary. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the dignitaries who paid floral tributes to the former statesman at the memorial built near the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where his mortal remains were consigned to flames on August 17.

Vajpayee passed away in Delhi on August 16 after a prolonged illness. He was cremated with full state honours. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, family members of Vajpayee and BJP chief Amit Shah also offered flowers at the lotus-shaped memorial.

Earlier in the day, taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi had shared a video clip and said that his government is committed to creating an India that the former had dreamt of.  “Tributes to Atal Ji on his Jayanti. We reiterate our commitment towards creating the India he dreamt of,” PM Modi had said in his tweet.

Sadaiv (always) Atal memorial will be managed by a trust headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. A vacant piece of land was made available for the memorial at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal here by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. The memorial is enclosed by nine bas-relief walls having inscriptions of poetries penned by Vajpayee.

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