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Vajpayee turns 89; PM, BJP leaders greet him

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Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who turned 89 on Wednesday was greeted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a galaxy of top BJP leaders.

Dr. Singh was among the first to reach Mr. Vajpayee’s residence at Krishna Menon Marg and spent nearly 20 minutes with him.

Former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, BJP president Rajnath Singh, party’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Ministers of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Scindia and her counterpart from Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan also greeted Mr. Vajpayee.

Mr. Vajpayee, who had steered the BJP-led coalition government of the National Democratic Alliance as its Prime Minister till 2004 when the United Progressive Alliance government came to power, has been ailing for quite some time. He has not been seen in public over the past few years and is confined to his official residence.

The party launched a signature campaign for Mr. Vajpayee’s long life and good health while the BJP youth wing unveiled a literacy initiative under which study kits were distributed amongst under-privileged children.

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A gentle man,scholar,orator,reader,writer and above all one respected by one and all stands
out as a beacon in Indian politics.He speaks in chaste Hindi,Urdu,Panjabi and Bojpuri
dialect.He quotes from Vedic literature so fluently that his toung is divine and pure.Malice to
none and charity for all Atalji is unique and special.He also developed a second line of
political leadership who can carry foreward his vision and mission.A man above narrow
politics of caste,creed and Hindudva,Atalji is a model for a secular India free from
fear,egoism and jealousy.I wish him many happy returns of the day.

from:  Dr K V Peter
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 19:27 IST

Wish You Many Happy Returns of THE DAY, Atalji.

You were the best PM after Sri Lal Bahadur Shastry We need your guidance.

from:  kh shettigar
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:04 IST

Happy birthday Vajpayee Ji!!! ... you are till date the best PM India has seen ... wishing you good health and happiness

from:  Gayatri
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 12:45 IST

Most respected and dignified person very rare to see nowadays , pray god that some one like him to save india

from:  DR RV
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 12:38 IST

Vajpayeeji is a lotus in the 'Kichri' called present day Indian
politics. Americans and Europeans were stunned when he profusely
complimented the leader of opposition Sonia Gandhi during his US visit.
It would be apt to see again the rise of Lotus in 2014 for a better

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 11:39 IST

Wish you a good health and peace Bharat Ratna Atalji

from:  Vikas
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 08:33 IST

It is the innate decency of Indian politics are in demonstration. Nice
to see the PM leading it. After many months good to see even the vintage
Vajpayee in TV, decent man to the core in modern day politics.
It will do some real good if he even manages to endorse Modi. Vajpayee ji Geeth naya gaona !!!

from:  k.p.nagarajan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 06:41 IST

A great statesman! and India's best PM..Wishing him all the best.

from:  Manu
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 02:04 IST

Happy Birthday to the best P.M. of India. Your love for cricket and peace is admired.

from:  Tariq Ahmed
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 01:46 IST

Cannot understand why this former PM, and a leader of substance was not awarded the Bharata Ratna. Some petty politics in action here.

from:  Bharadwaj
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 01:33 IST

I used to see him from my childhood the great leader who rendered his
services for national democratic alliance with great zeal.I wish him a
long life with good health.

Happy Birthday...........

from:  kedar bhalkiker
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 01:13 IST

A great leader ever

from:  Rakesh Sharma
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 00:54 IST

Atalji is a genuine statesman. May what is.left of his worldly life pass peacefully and.may he be Blessed with good health.
He was and is an asset to India.

from:  Y. Dassu
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 00:47 IST

I dont wonder to see No comments here in this news. Even the best persons are ignored
/forgotten , then what you and me are Sir ?

from:  Dhanwantari G. Pancholi
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 00:22 IST
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