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President Kovind unveils Atal Bihari Vajpayee's portrait in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while people recalled the oratory skills of Vajpayee, his silence had more power than his words

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Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind

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(pictured) on Tuesday unveiled a life-size portrait of former prime minister in the Central Hall of Parliament House. It became an occasion for political point scoring. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while people recalled the oratory skills of Vajpayee, his silence had more power than his words. The leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, recalled Vajpayee's words that if India was not secular, it was not India. Vajpayee, Azad said, never had a bitter word for political rivals. Other former prime ministers who have a portrait in the Central Hall are Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The last addition to the galaxy of portraits at the Central Hall was in 2003, when Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's portrait was added. Eminent painters such as S Roerich, NS Subhakrishna, Bikash Bhattacharjee and Chintamani Kar have made some of the portraits.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 20:53 IST

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