"We welcome the announcement of giving Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya. To a certain extent, both represent the Indian thought which is secular and tolerant. We hope that this present government will walk in the path shown by these leaders," Congress General Secretary
and in charge of Media Communication Ajay Maken told reporters here.
Noting that Vajpayee had talked about 'Raj Dharma', Maken said he hopes that the Narendra Modi government will keep that in mind and follow it.
Asked about Congress President Sonia Gandhi's ties with Vajpayee when he was the Prime Minister, Maken said both had a "constructive relationship".
He said it was possible because the Vajpayee government also appreciated the opposition for its constructive stand.
"I hope this (NDA) government will too take foward all these," he said.