On Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Tuesday told reporters that his government will install a statue of the former prime minister in Patna. Though he did not offer details on what the height and cost of the statue are going to be, Nitish said a decision on its location will be taken soon.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also promised statue of Vajpayee in Lucknow. “A 21-metre tall statue of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be installed inside Lok Bhawan in Lucknow,” Adityanath was quoted as saying by ANI.
“Atalji had strong ties with Uttar Pradesh. He started his public life from Balrampur in the state and represented Lucknow as an MP for five terms,” the chief minister said, adding that a number of schemes are being launched in the name of the former prime minister.
“Atalji was the foundation of ‘sushasan’ (good governance). He learnt the nuances of politics from Deendayal Upadhyay and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and became a symbol of trust in politics,” Adityanath said.
Earlier today, Sadaiv Atal, a memorial of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was dedicated to the nation. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the dignitaries who paid floral tributes to the former statesman at the memorial built near the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where his mortal remains were consigned to flames on August 17.
Vajpayee passed away on August 16 after a prolonged illness. He was cremated with full state honours.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and family members of Vajpayee also offered flowers at the lotus-shaped memorial. Sadaiv (always) Atal memorial will be managed by a trust headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. “Tributes to Atal Ji on his Jayanti. We reiterate our commitment towards creating the India he dreamt of,” Modi tweeted Tuesday.