New Delhi: Union Minister Anurag Thakur paid tribute to the late former Prime Minister and founding stalwart of the BJP, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Thakur extolled Vajpayee’s remarkable ability to captivate the hearts of millions and emphasised the enduring influence he holds over the aspirations of the new generation.
Thakur went on to remark, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the BJP-led NDA has witnessed a surge in its coalition partners. Our collaborative efforts with these allies are steadfast. We are gearing up to jointly contest elections, secure a victory for PM Modi, and usher in a wave of development across the nation when he embarks on his third term in 2024.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also fondly recalled Vajpayee’s role in propelling the nation forward and steering it onto the expansive path of the 21st century. President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, NDA party leaders, and other dignitaries paid their respects by laying floral tributes at Vajpayee’s Smriti Mandapam in Delhi on the fifth anniversary of his demise.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an active participant in public life since his association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942, joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. He became a Member of Parliament from Balrampur in 1957, and his eloquent speeches in the legislative chamber left a profound impact. Vajpayee briefly held the office of Prime Minister in 1996 and 1998 and subsequently led the nation from 1999 to 2004. His passing on August 16, 2018, marked the end of an era and left an indelible mark on the national consciousness.