New Delhi: The prayer meet organised by the Centre for the late former Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed participation of many dignatories including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP leader LK Advani Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and others.
Atal Bihar Vajpayee's granddaughter Niharika and his daughter Namita Bhattacharya also joined the event.
Speaking a the event PM Modi said, "Atal Ji's life was for the people of India. In his youth itself he had decided that he wanted to serve his fellow Indians. He entered politics when only one party dominated the political discourse."
"He spent several years in opposition, but never compromised his ideology. His efforts ensured that India became a nuclear power and attributed the tests to the brilliance of our scientists. He never buckled under pressure. He was Atal after all. When he formed govt for 13 days, no party was willing to support him. As a result govt fell. Yesterday, Bajrang Punia, who I think has never seen him dedicated his gold medal to Atal ji, I think this says a lot about his personality," added PM Modi, who had said that he had lost a father-figure with Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.
A visibly emotional senior BJP leader LK Advani, one of the oldest aassociate of Vajpayee, said, "I have addressed several public meetings but I had never thought that I will once have to address a meeting like this, a meeting where Atal ji would not be there. I consider myself fortunate that my friendship with Atal ji lasted for 65 years during which I watched him closely. Working together, we shared our experiences, watched films together and read books together."