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BJD MLAs, MP criticise denial of Bharat Ratna to Biju Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD MLAs and MP Friday criticised the Centre for not conferring the Bharat Ratna on Biju Patnaik and demanded that the nation's highest civilian award be given to the former Odisha Chief Minister.

List of Bharat Ratna awardees

New Delhi: Following is the list of Bharat Ratna winners.

Parties indulging in vote bank politics: Gadkari on conversion

Amid a controversy over religious conversions, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that political forces "disturbed" over the victory of BJP are trying to convert the agenda of development into that of vote bank politics.

Congress` praise for Vajpayee shows its utter desperation: BJP

Congress was showing its "utter desperation" by heaping praise on Atal Behari Vajpayee to attack Narendra Modi as it has been one of the worst critics of the former Prime Minister, BJP today said and termed the ruling party`s public appreciation as "not bona-fide".

Uma Bharti sticks to `Modi not a good orator` remark, admits he is popular

A day after stirring a controversy by questioning the oratory skills of her party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, outspoken BJP leader Uma Bharti on Tuesday reiterated that the Gujarat Chief Minister is a popular leader but not a very good orator.

Lucknow will be fought on Vajpayee`s legacy

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s name evokes a lot of respect here and the contest for Lucknow, from where BJP president and former state chief minister Rajnath Singh is contesting this time, will be largely be fought on Vajpayee`s legacy.

More transparency needed in awarding of Bharat Ratna: MP CM

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday called for more transparency and setting some standards for selection for the coveted Bharat Ratna award.

Farooq Abdullah also demands Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee

National Conference chief and union Minister Farooq Abdullah Monday supported the demand for giving the country`s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Can’t work with the new era leaders of BJP: Nitish Kumar

A day after his party JD-U snapped its 17-year-old ties with the BJP, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday said that there is no question of going back on the decision taken by the central leadership of the party.

‘Vajpayee wanted to induct Kalam as minister’

Vajpayee wanted to induct Kalam as a minister in the NDA govt in 1998, an offer Kalam declined, four years before he became the President in 2002.

Vajpayee turns 88 amid health concerns

Former prime minister AB Vajpayee, who turns 88 on Christmas Day, remains one of India`s most popular and charismatic political leaders whose name continues to be invoked by party campaigners.

Anonymous call threatens to kill PM Singh and Vajpayee

An anonymous call threatening to kill Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee have prompted security agencies to conduct searches in the National Capital Region to identify
the caller.

Swaraj disappointed over Vajpayee not getting the Bharat Ratna

Leader of the Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday expressed disappointment over former
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee not getting the Bharat
Ratna this year, saying the BJP was expecting it.

Sonia `inaugurates` Rohtang tunnel, BJP cries foul

BJP pointed out that the foundation stone for Rohtang tunnel was laid by AB Vajpayee in 2002.

I respect Vajpayee ji a lot: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday refused to comment on former PM AB Vajpayee’s indictment in Liberhan Commission report on the Babri Mosque demolition.

Liberhan: nothing illegal in naming Vajpayee in my report: The Hindu

Breaking his silence on the political controversy his report has triggered, Justice M.S. Liberhan on Saturday said there was nothing “illegal” or “improper” in naming the former Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee.