Gwalior: With elections round the corner, the beleaguered BJP is striving hard to enliven its poster boy Atal Bihari Vajpayee by celebrating his birthday across the state with all pomp and show.

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 88th birthday will be celebrated in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday with programmes being organised all over the state, particularly at his birth place in Gwalior.
As a local of Gwalior, Vajpayee was born and brought up in this city. It was December 25, 2005 when he had last celebrated his birthday here.

The sudden remembrance of one the stalwarts of the party is even seen as an electoral necessity by the Opposition. Since Gwalior-Chambal region touches the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, which is going for assembly polls next year, the party by recalling the Vajpayee is also trying to woo Brahmin vote bank.

A 'Maha Mrityunjaya Paath' will also be organised at Indore, in which 108 priests would take part, government sources said.

On the occassion of the BJP veteran's birthday who is also known for his poetry, his creations would be read. The MP government would also felicitate Tamil scholar Dr Nagendra Sundaram with National Sahitya Srujan Award.

Meanwhile, in the wake of opening of a Hindi University, the rally is being organized on December 27 which would be addressed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

JPN/Bureau