5:55 PM: PM Narendra Modi interacts with students of Delhi's Sanskriti school at Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence

5:48 PM: I pray to god that Atal ji's life continues to inspire us and guide us: PM Narendra Modi

5:47: PM: Atal ji dedicated his life to the nation, he dedicated every moment of his life for the service of nation: PM Modi

5:46 PM: There are Crores of workers around the country who draw inspiration from Atalji: PM Narendra Modi

5:45 PM: I thank the President for personally conferring the Bharat Ratna to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee: PM Narendra Modi

5:44 PM: President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred country's highest civilian award 'Bharat Ratna' on Atal ji: Arun Jaitley

5:43 PM: President Pranab Mukherjee leaves Vajpayee's residence

5:41 PM: PM Modi present at Vajpayee's residence

5:40 PM: President Pranab Mukherjee confers the Bharat Ratna

5:37 PM: Vajpayee conferred Bharat Ratna

5:30 PM: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reaches Vajpayee's residence

5:00PM: President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who are likely to be present at the Krishna Memon marg residence of Vajpayee in Lutyens' Delhi where he will be honoured.

The announcement for the prestigious award for Vajpayee, the first Prime Minister from outside the Congress party to serve a full five-year term, came on December 24, a day before he turned 90.

In pics: Rare pics of Indian 'Ratna' and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, and has faded from public life due to age-related illness, is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of BJP.

He has been credited with taking bold initiatives, notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with both sides pledging to push for peace and security.


"Matter of great pleasure that GoI is conferring Bharat Ratna on Atal ji,the tallest leader of nation", said Nitin Gadkari.

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