Congratulations pour in for 'Bharat Ratna' Atal Bihari Vajpayee

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 27 March 2015, 02:23 PM

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today congratulated former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for receiving Bharat Ratna saying it was “an honour” to serve under him.

“My heartfelt congratulations to Vajpayee Sahib and his family on the day he receives the Bharat Ratna. It was an honour to serve under him,” the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister wrote on twitter.

Omar, the working president of National Conference, was Minister of State for External Affairs in the Vajpayee-led NDA government.

“As his (Vajpayee’s) MOS MEA, I had the occasion to travel with him to 4-5 countries. Memories of those trips on Air India One I’ll always cherish a lot,” he added.

In a departure from tradition, President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee at his Krishna Memon Marg residence today.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a leader par excellence who has worked tirelessly for the nation.

Vajpayee is being conferred country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna today by President Pranab Mukherjee.

“This a proud moment for the country and all of us. He a stalwart leader of the country. He is a leader of par excellence who has worked tirelessly in the interest of the nation,” Jaitley said here.

“In this country, I think there would be very few people like him who are good orator, political leader, thinker and poet. We pray for his good health and long life,” he added.

Setting aside protocol, the President will visit Vajpayee’s Krishna Menon Marg residence here and will confer him the Bharat Ratna later today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior Cabinet ministers will be present on the occasion.

First Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 02:18 PM
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