"A tall mass leader who dedicated his life to the welfare of farmers and the poor, I salute Chaudhary Charan Singhji on his birth anniversary," Modi said in a tweet.

Charan Singh, born in 1902 in Noorpur village of UP's Hapur District, was prime minister of the country from July 28, 1979 to January 14, 1980. He also served as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The Uttar Pradesh government had few days ago declared December 23 as public holiday in the state to mark former prime minister Chowdhury Charan Singh's birth anniversary.

The ruling BJP at the Centre also decided to hold a week-long celebration marking the birthdays of late Charan Singh and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that fall on December 23 and 25, respectively.

Recently, the Rastriya Lok Dal (RLD) led by Ajit Singh, son of Charan Singh, has demanded Bharat Ratna for the former prime minister Charan Singh.

Ajit Singh had also demanded from Centre to convert the Tughlaq Road bungalow, formerly occupied by the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief, in a memorial.

The RLD chief evicted the bungalow, weeks after civic authorities in New Delhi disconnected water and power supply to the house as Ajit Singh did not comply with the eviction notice served to him. He had been staying in the bungalow for 36 years.

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