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Vajpayee's portrait unveiled in Central Hall of Parliament

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Tuesday unveiled a life-size portrait of former Vajpayee in the

Vice M. Venkaiah Naidu, Narendra Modi, Sumitra Mahajan, of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Prime Ministers and and veteran L. K. Advani were present at the unveiling.

Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said that Vajpayee will always be remembered for his decisive leadership during challenging situations including the 1998 nuclear test and the Kargil War.

"He contributed a lot in establishing as a peaceful but strong and powerful country," he said.

Modi said there was equal power in the former leader's speeches as well as in his silence.

"His communication skills were unparalleled and he had a great sense of humour," he said.

Recalling Vajpayee's long political career, Modi said he spent a large amount of time in the opposition but despite that, he continued raising issues of public interest and never deviated from his ideology.

"Now, he will be forever in Parliament's Central Hall, inspiring and blessing us."

Azad said Vajpayee will always be remembered for his speeches.

"Vajpayee ji will be remembered because there was criticism in his words for the opposition but in his heart there was no anger," he said.

of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, prepared the portrait of Vajpayee, who served as three times between 1996 and 2004.

The decision in this regard was taken unanimously on December 18 at a meeting of the parliament's portrait committee chaired by

Vajpayee was the from outside the to serve a full five-year term between 1998 and 2004.

He is also a recipient of India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, which was conferred on him in 2015.

He died last August at the age of 93 after



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 12:32 IST