Modi tweeted, "There is no bigger tribute to Atal ji than celebrating his birthday as 'Good Governance Day' and pledging to devote ourselves to this cause."

"Development and good governance are the only ways ahead. Together, let us make a positive impact in people's lives and create a developed India," he added.

Vajpayee, a veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), served as prime minister first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004.

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