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On the occasion of Atal Bihari Vajpayee 94th Birth Anniversary, PM Modi released memento of Rs. 100 Coin

On the occasion of Atal Bihari Vajpayee 94th Birth Anniversary, PM Modi released memento of Rs. 100 Coin

Just a day before Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, PM Modi released a coin worth Rs 100 in honour of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died this year. In the presence of Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in the presence of Parliament held in Annexe of Parliament House, PM released this coin. On this occasion, PM Modi said, “Atalji’s life will always be inspiring for future generations, for personal life, for personal life, dedication for nation life.”

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma, BJP national president Amit Shah and veteran BJP leader and Vajpayee’s contemporary LK Advani were also present at the event to release a coin in the memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Addressing the people present on the occasion of releasing the memento coin, Modi said that he will go to the memorial of the former prime minister on Tuesday to repeat his commitment to pursue Vajpayee’s ideology and his path shown. Prime Minister Modi said, “Atal ji wanted democracy to be supreme. He created Jana Sangh. when there was a need to save our democracy, he and other people went to the party. In the same way, when it came to talking about the option of staying in power or staying on the ideology, he left the Janata Party and established the BJP.

In his address, PM Modi said that his mind is not ready to believe that Atalji is no longer with us. He was a respected person who loves all sections of society. He said that the party which Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji made has become one of the biggest political parties. He was unique as a speaker. He was one of the best speakers of our country. The Prime Minister said, “Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted that ‘Democracy should be Supreme”. He created Jana Sangh. But when it came time to save our democracy, he and other people went to the party. In the same way, when it came to talking about the option of staying in power or staying on the ideology, he left the Janata Party and established the BJP.

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The Prime Minister also said, “For some people, the power is like oxygen and they can not survive without it. At the same time, on the other hand, Vajpayee spent a long time in public for raising topics related to national interest, “He said. At that time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji built such a big political organization on the strength of the principles and activists; In time, it expanded across the country.

On the occasion of releasing the coin in memory of the former Prime Minister, Modi said that he will go to the memorial of the former Prime Minister on Tuesday to repeat his commitment to running Vajpayee’s ideology and his path shown.

Atal Bihari Vajpeyi was not Wajir-e-Azam but was a king of everyone’s heart – Farooq Abdullah

Former Chief Minister of Kashmir and President of National Conference praised the castle in the loving memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpeyi at All Party Prayer Meeting in New Delhi. He said Atal Ji was not the Wazir-e-Azam but he was the king of everyone’s heart. He added Atal Bihari Vajpeyi ruled hearts of the every Indian with love, not with power. In the series of praising Late Atal Bihari Vajpeyi Farooq added he never descriminated anyone on the basis of caste, creed, sex or Background.

 

Former CM of Kashmir Farooq abdullah further said that Atal Ji was awarded Country’s Highest Civilian Award ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 2015 a year later when NDA formed its government in the Centre. Farooq said that Atal Bihari Vajpeyi should be awarded this respect very earlier while he was active and Healthy. He criticised Indian National Congress for not doing so.

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Modi Walks Miles behind Atal Bihari’s pyre, breaks Protocol

Not even a single eye was left dry during the funeral of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the whole nation bid its farewell to him. His pyre was lit by foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the bank of river Yamuna today.

 

PM Modi took charge and displayed his love and respect towards the deceased in the most commendable manner. The event was planned without leaving any aspect behind and Narendra Modi took it as an opportunity to display his management skills with the workers of BJP.

This is the first time the Prime Minister of India walked for miles and paid homage. This is the first time any PM has walked behind the coffin of a statesman. Nehruji sat on the vehicle carrying Gandhiji’s remains, Rajivji too sat on the vehicle. Modi is the first PM to walk the entire length behind the gun carriage.

While speaking to NLC, union minister said that the event was planned with no glitches to spare.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharam took charge of the family of Atal Ji while Piyush Goyal was in charge of the ceremonies and rituals involved in the funeral. The International Guests were handled by Sushma Swaraj.

Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises To 167, PM Modi To Review Relief Operations

Kerala is witnessing the worst monsoon in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala, where nearly 167 people died since August 8, following torrential rain and related floods and landslides this evening. He will undertake an aerial survey of the state.
Nearly 100 people died over the last 48 hours in the worst monsoon in a century. Chalakudy town in Thrissur district turned into sea as river Periyar overflowed. Pandalam town in Pathanamthitta district and Changanassery in neighbouring Alappuzha district are flooded as well. Met office said the rain will continue till Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”

PM Modi will reach Kochi after attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is expected to take place around 4 pm.
Almost all parts of Thrissur and Chalakudy towns are under water. Fifty police personnel are marooned in Chalakudy bridge. Seven people are missing after a building collapsed, at least 70 people had taken shelter in it. Water has started entering relief camps.
The met office has predicted heavy rainfall till Saturday. Thirteen of the 14 districts in Kerala are on red alert – the exception is Kasaragod. Idukki is the worst affected.

Twelve fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed by the Centre, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Altogether, 35 teams are expected to reach the state by evening. The Coast Guard has stationed three ships at Kochi.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has issued a stern warning to those spreading fake news about floods in the state using social media. The warning came after Idukki District Collector Jeevan Babu said fake news was being spread on social media about the safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
Domestic airlines have been asked to keep a check on air fares for flights operating to and from Kerala. Telecom operators have announced free call and data services, extension in bill payment dates and other relief measures for seven days for customers for users in Kerala.

Kerala has been ravaged by unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming 97 lives since August 8 besides disrupting air, rail and road traffic in several places.
Many parts of Kochi have been flooded. Aluva is one of the worst-affected areas.Fresh landslides were reported from southern Kerala’s Idukki and the northern districts of Malappuram and Kannur.
Popular tourist destinations like Munnar and Ponmudi are almost cut-off because of bad roads due to landslides. Except for official vehicles, no other vehicles are allowed to enter Munnar. People have also been asked not to visit the Sabarimala hill shrine as the water level in the rain-fed Pampa river is high.

India Mourns Poet Prime Minister Vajpayee, Funeral Today

The 93-year-old BJP patriarch died on Thursday evening at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS, where he had been admitted in June after his health worsened. In 2009 the former Prime Minister had a stroke that severely affected his ability to speak and confined him to his home.

Mortal remains of Vajpayee has been brought to the BJP Headquarters in New Delhi. Scores of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis and LK Advani paid tribute to the former PM.

The final rites will be performed at the Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna. The government has announced seven days of state mourning. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the national flag would be flown at half-mast from Thursday for seven days across the country.

Over 5 lakh people, including VVIPs, politicians and dignitaries, are expected to be present at the BJP party office as well as the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat Friday. More than 2,000 Delhi Armed Police (DAP) and paramilitary police, along with force from three districts — Central, North, and New Delhi — will be on the ground to make sure that the funeral is conducted smoothly. As many as 20 companies of the DAP and hundreds of paramilitary personnel will be guarding the cremation ground. Delhi traffic police have closed 25 arterial roads, starting 8 am.

Calling Vajpayee’s death a “personal loss”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it marks the end of an era. He said the BJP patriarch lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades while noting that it was Vajpayee’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. “Atal Ji’s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories of him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit. It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India,” Modi tweeted. He said it was due to Vajpayee’s perseverance and struggles that the BJP was built brick by brick.

Vajpayee was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in March 2015. During his second term as prime minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998 in a strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions. He followed this up with peace overtures to Pakistan, riding on the first direct bus from India to Pakistan in February 1999.

Former Prime Minister Vajpayee, who ruled the country thrice in the 1990s, had retreated from politics over the last few years because of his health.

Vajpayee was the first non-Congress leader since India’s independence in 1947 to complete an entire term in office as head of a BJP-led ruling alliance between March 1998 and May 2004.

A former journalist, his rich oratory and poetic jibes directed at opponents were popular on both sides of the political divide.

Indo-Pak Peace, The Only Way To Honour Vajpayee: Imran Khan

Pakistan PM designate and Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday offered condolence at the demise of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the best way to honour the towering leader is by establishing peace between India and Pakistan.

In a statement, Khan said Vajpayee was a known and respected political personality of the subcontinent and his attempts or the betterment of India- Pakistan relationship will always be remembered. He added that Vajpayee,  as a Foreign Minister, took the responsibility of improving India-Pakistan ties. “As Prime Minister, Vajpayee Sahab took the initiative to further improving Indo- Pakistan relations.

With the death of Vajpayee Sahab, South Asian politics now left with a huge political vacuum. There can be political differences but both sides of the border want peace. It is only through establishing peace that we can really honour the legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In this moment of grief following the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I stand with the people of India,” Khan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign office in a condolence message said that Vajpayee will be remembered as a renowned statesman who contributed to bringing a change in India-Pakistan relations.

“We have learnt with sadness the passing away of Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in New Delhi. Mr. Vajpayee was a renowned statesman who contributed to
bringing a change in India-Pakistan relations and remained a key supporter of SAARC and regional cooperation for development. The Government and people of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences to his family and to the
Government and people of India,” the Pakistan Foreign Office statement said.

In his efforts to bring peace between the two countries, Vajpayee had travelled to Lahore in the inaugural Delhi-Lahore bus service on February 19, 1999 to attend the Lahore Summit. Vajpayee was received at Wagah by then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Ali Zafar of Pakistan caretaker Government will be arriving to take part in the funeral and pay tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee.

Atal Ji Used To Ride Bicycle To This Place in Gwalior

Long before Atal Bihari Vajpayee became Prime Minister, he used to visit the homes of his childhood friends riding a bicycle, much to the surprise of many here in Madhya Pradesh, his niece Kanti Mishra said.
Kanti Mishra said Vajpayee, who died today at the age of 93, was humble in his conduct despite becoming a towering personality in the Indian politics.

He used to cycle down to the homes of other childhood friends in the city also, she said.
The 75-year-old lives Kanti next door to the former PM’s house in Kamal Singh Ka Bagh area, which plunged into grief after the news of Vajpayee’s death came.
Kanti Mishra said Vajpayee last came to Gwalior, his native town, around 12 years ago.
“Chachaji came to Gwalior last time round in 2006 to celebrate his birthday and stayed here for three days,” she recalls.


Ravi Upadhayay, a photojournalist who lives close to Kanti Mishra’s house, said Vajpayee got his two-storey house converted into a free computer training centre and children’s library in 1997 in the memory of his father late Krishnaji.

When Atal Bihari Vajpayee Told Ganguly To Win Pakistani Hearts Ahead Of 2004 Series

The former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, once greeted the Indian Team led by Sourav Gaungly with a special bat before their departure to Pakistan ahead of 2004 series.

Former prime minister of India and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday at the age of 93, wanted to bridge the gap between India and Pakistan through sports. He had allowed the Indian team led by Sourav Ganguly to travel to Pakistan for a full-fledged tour after 19 years (five-ODI series, three-Test) in 2004.

The former PM got critical when his condition worsened over the last 24 hours and he was put on life support system. The people all around the nation were in shock after the news of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise surfaced on different social media platforms. Not only people from the politics background but also the Indian sports fraternity reacted after learning about Vajpayee’s demise and expressed their sorrow.

The beautiful present (The bat) by the former PM to the Indian team had a delightful quote on it, “Khel hi nahi, Dil bhi jeetiye – Shubhkamnaye” ( Win not only the contest, but the hearts too – best wishes).

The squad of Indian side comprised of the star players like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Zahir Khan. The visitors India went on to beat Pakistan 3-2 in the One-Day Internationals and 2-1 in the Test series.

Atal last breathed at 5.05 pm on Thursday. He was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors,” read the statement released by AIIMS.