New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and other MPs on Friday paid floral tributes to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Central Hall of Parliament House on their birth anniversary.
PM Modi also released a book titled ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament- A commemorative volume’ on the former PM, brought out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat which highlights Vajpayee’s ideas and views on a wide range of important national and international issues.
The book brings together his vision and profound contributions made by him, as an outstanding parliamentarian, in strengthening democratic institutions and nation building through his select speeches in Parliament.
It also contains some rare photographs from Atal ji’s public life.
The book also contains messages from the President and the Prime Minister of India, and, has been brought out in Hindi and English, which was also presented to the dignitaries present.
It also has a Foreword by the Vice-President , Preface by the Lok Sabha Speaker, and an introduction by former
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Among others who paid tributes were several former Members of Parliament and other dignitaries.
Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Utpal Kumar Singh and Desh Deepak Verma, respectively, also paid tributes.
The portraits of Pandit Malaviya and Vajpayee were unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament House December 19, 1957 and February 12, 2019 respectively, in recognition of their outstanding services to the nation.
The President awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, on Malaviya posthumously
and Vajpayee on December 24, 2014.
Earlier in the day Mr Birla paid floral tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial.