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Basu, not Vajpayee, should get Bharat Ratna: Lalu
January 12, 2008 15:01 IST
Taking a dig at BJP leader L K Advani's suggestion that former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee be awarded the Bharat Ratna, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Saturday said the government will not be a party to the ex-premier's retirement from politics.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, the RJD leader said, "Vajpayee has not retired from politics."
He claimed that it was a ploy by Advani to make Vajpayee retire from politics.
To a question whether the CPM veteran Jyoti Basu should get Bharat Ratna, Prasad said, "Why not? He should get it."