Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Turns 93

PM Modi, Amit Shah and other senior BJP leaders visited Vajpayee’s residence to wish him a happy birthday.

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee turned 93 on Monday, 25 December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several other senior BJP leaders paid a visit to Vajpayee at his New Delhi residence.

Meanwhile in Kanpur, several BJP workers organised a havan. They prayed for a long and healthy life of Vajpayee.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in 1924. He served as the Prime Minister of India on three separate occasions. His first two terms were rather brief of 13 days (16 May, 1996 to 27 May, 1996) and 13 months (19 March, 1998 to 26 April, 1999).

His third stint, however, lasted a full term of 5 years from October 1999 to May 2004. He was the first non- Congress Prime Minister to complete a full term of office.

He was elected in Lok Sabha on 10 separate occasions. He was elected in 1957 and 1967 from Balrampur constituency as a member of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. In 1971, he was elected from his hometown Gwalior.

In 1977, he was elected from New Delhi as a member of Janta Party. In 1980, Vajpayee retained his seat but this time, as a member of newly formed Bharatiya Janta Party. After this, he was elected 5 consecutive times from Lucknow constituency.

Vajpayee retired from politics after his term as MP ended in 2009.

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