"Happy that Atalji is being conferred Bharat Ratna today”, Mamata expressed her happiness on Twitter.
    
"He is a truly great statesman who richly deserves this honour.I wish him well," the Trinamool Congress supremo, who served as a minister in the Vajpayee government, tweeted.

Veteran Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, was on Friday conferred with Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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