Allahabad, Dec 24 : The family members of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on Wednesday expressed their delight over the decision to confer them Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.
"It is a little late but at least his name has been considered for the award. It is a moment of great happiness. I thank the Indian Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this," said Vajpayee's niece Veena.
Another niece of Vajpayee, Karuna Shukla, also hailed the decision.
New Delhi, Dec 22 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptullah on Monday welcomed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement on conferring the Bharat Ratna on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
"If Omar Abdullah has said this then it is a good thing. It is right, Vajpayeeji should get Bharat Ratna. He has been in politics for so long, he has been in the ruling as well as in the opposition, he was a good Prime Minister, he has been a good parliamentarian," Heptullah told ANI here.
Earlier today, Omar Abdullah had tweeted that the UPA government should have risen above politics and conferred the Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Patna, April 14 : Senior BJP leader L K Advani Monday held that Atal Bihari Vajpayee's six years as prime minister were better for India's development than the long rule of Congress' prime ministers Jawaharal Nehru and Indira Gandhi
"Vajpayee's tenure as PM was best ever," Advani said addressing election meetings in Bihar's Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.
Visiting Bihar for the first time to campaign for BJP candidates during ongoing Lok Sabha polls, he did not directly target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
New Delhi, Dec 25 : Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee turned 89 today.
Regarded as one of the pillars of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vajpayee has been a stalwart in the Indian political arena for over six decades.
Vajpayee served as the tenth Prime Minister of India, three times - first for a brief term of 13 days in 1996, and then for two terms from 1998 to 2004.
Panaji, July 24 : India was exposed to knee replacements largely after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee underwent the knee replacement procedures, a leading specialist said here.
Not just poet Vajpayee's rhyme and meter and his trademark pregnant pauses inspired Indians. His knee replacement surgeries also did, the specialist said.
By undergoing a much publicised knee replacement surgeries, Vajpayee became India's poster boy for the advanced surgical intervention and it inspired a lot of Indians to undergo the surgery, Dr. Ameya Velingker said Wednesday.
Doctors reported that, New Delhi Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee scheduled his routine medical checkups at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Sunday.
AIIMS Medical Superintendent D. K. Sharma told news agency IANS that Mr. Vajpayee remained admitted in the hospital for about two and half hrs.
He reached the hospital premises at 10.30 am and left at around 1 p. m. Doctors have to perform some routine checkups to analyze his health condition.
New Delhi, Dec 25 : Several leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted Former Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 86th birthday on Friday.
Manmohan Singh visited Vajpayee''s residence at Krishna Menon Marg to wish him.
Senior BJP leader L K Advani also visited Vajpayee''s residence to greet him.
Former BJP President Rajnath Singh, BJP leader Arun Jaitley, and the newly elected Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj also wished Vajpayee.
New Delhi, Dec 25 : While paying fulsome tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 85th birthday Friday, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani has, however, admitted to differences with him on issues like the Ayodhya movement and the removal of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after the 2002 Godhra train burning and the riots that followed.
Lucknow, Dec 25 : This Uttar Pradesh capital, once regarded as the political bastion of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Friday saw members of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrating the ailing leader's 85th birthday Friday with prayers for his long life and feasts for the poor.
BJP cadres in Lucknow, which Vajpayee represented for five consecutive terms in the Lok Sabha, distributed fruits to patients in various hospitals and khichdi to the poor to mark their leader's birthday, a party official said.
New Delhi, Dec 25 : It was a quiet 85th birthday Friday for former prime minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has not been seen in public for over a year. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among those who visited him.
Manmohan Singh reached Vajpayee's residence at Krishna Menon Marg to wish him a happy birthday. Other senior BJP leaders also greeted him.
"Vajpayeeji will not be meeting all the people as he is not well," said an official at his residence. He has been unwell for some time now.
Bhopal, Dec 22 - Bhopal will soon have a school of good governance named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan late Monday decided that a bill for establishing an institute for good governance and public administration and research will be tabled in the next session of the assembly.
The blueprint of the institute will be prepared separately, an official release said.
New Delhi, Dec 9 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologised in Parliament today for Congress MP Beni Prasad Verma''s remarks on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the ongoing debate in Parliament on the Liberhan Commission Report.
Congress MP Beni Prasad had made derogatory remarks against Vajpayee.
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an apology from Verma for using such remarks.
New Delhi, Nov 27 : Hundreds of Muslim protesters gathered near the Jama Masjid Friday and burnt effigies of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L. K. Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who were indicted by the Liberhan commission for razing of the Babri Masjid. They demanded the arrest of those responsible for the 1992 demolition.
The demonstration was held by Real Cause, an NGO, and came three days after the Liberhan Commission report was tabled in parliament.
Chandigarh, Nov 24 : The former counsel to the Liberhan Commission alleged Tuesday that the indictment of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the Babri mosque razing was "outrightly illegal".
Hours after the Liberhan report was placed in parliament, Anupam Gupta said this had been done deliberately to shift the focus away from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani, who he said played a key role in the events that led to mosque demolition on Dec 6, 1992.
New Delhi, Nov 24 - The Liberhan Commission that probed the Babri Masjid demolition has held 68 people individually culpable for leading the country "to the brink of communal discord". The list includes former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, senior BJP leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as well as Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
New Delhi, Nov 23 - A senior official of the Liberhan Commission of Inquiry said he was "astonished" at a media report linking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the 1992 Babri mosque razing.
Anupam Gupta, counsel for the commission that was set up soon after the mosque was demolished in 1992, told NDTV channel that Vajpayee was the only BJP leader who was not connected to the mosque razing and what came to be known as the Ayodhya movement.
"Of all the top ranking leaders of the Sangh Parivar who were summoned and examined? Vajpayee was not one of them," he said.
New Delhi, Sep. 4 : The chief of the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Rao Bhagwat, met former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in the national capital on Friday.
Bhagwat is said to have inquired after Vajpayee''s health. The two leaders are also believed to have discussed the latest crisis engulfing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Last month, all eyes were on Bhagwat as he visited New Delhi for discussions with the BJP leadership.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on Saturday, was taken to AIIMS for a routine health check up.
The 84-year-old Vajpayee has been admitted to AIIMS nearly three weeks after getting discharged from the hospital.
Dr. D K Sharma, Medical Superintendent AIIMS, said, “He will stay in the hospital for two days during which these follow-up tests will be conducted for him.”
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was admitted to AIIMS Feb 3 following complaints of a chest infection.
New Delhi, Mar 21 : Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Saturday underwent a regular medical check-up at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) here.
Vajpayee was admitted on Friday evening, three weeks after he was discharged from the same hospital. He will be discharged on Sunday.
According to hospital officials, the BJP leader has been admitted in the hospital for routine follow up and investigations.
New Delhi, Feb 23 : Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is undergoing treatment for a chest infection at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is reported to be showing signs of steady improvement.
"Today someone read out the newspaper to him. It is a daily practice. He watches TV and also spends time listening to good classical and old film music," Dr Sampath Kumar, Chief of Cardio Thoracic Vascular Sciences Department at AIIMS, said on Monday.
"Once we are satisfied about his recovery, we will discharge him, Kumar added.