Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Life size portrait of Vajpayee to be unveiled in Central Hall of Parl on Feb 12

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 6 : A life size portrait of Bharat Ratna and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is likely to be unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament on February 12.

Sources said President Ram Nath Kovind will unveil the portrait in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the solemn occasion will be graced among others by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

It may be mentioned here that on December 18 last year, the Portrait Committee had taken the decision.

The meeting of the panel was presided over by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The formal proposal for putting up such a portrait in memory of Late Vajpayee, breathed his last on August 16 this year in New Delhi, was given at the meeting by Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

The meeting was attended among others by Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, and members from other parties including B Mahtab (BJD), Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Trinamool), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena) and Jitendra Reddy (TRS).

"The decision to put up Late Vajpayee's portrait was unanimous," the source said.

Born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, the poet-politician Vajpayee was the announcement to confer him country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna was made on December 24, 2014 - a day before his birthday.

He was also the founding president of BJP, when it was launched in 1980 after split from the united Janata Party.

Jailed during 1942 Quit India Movement, Vajpayee, a post graduate in political science from Kanpur University, had started off as a journalist with RSS magazine, 'Rashtradharam'. (UNI)