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Bharat Ratna to Malviya, Atal: PM says 'fitting recognition'

December 24, 2014 14:19 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the conferment of Bharat Ratna on Madan Mohan Malviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a "fitting recognition" of the services of the "illustrious stalwarts" to the nation.

"Bharat Ratna being conferred on Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya & Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a matter of great delight," Modi tweeted soon after the announcement of the country's highest civilian honour being bestowed on them.

"Country's highest honour to these illustrious stalwarts is a fitting recognition of their service to the nation," he added in another tweet.

He said Malaviya is remembered as "a phenomenal scholar & freedom fighter who lit the spark of national consciousness among people".

About the former Prime Minister, Modi said, "Atal ji means so much to everyone. A guide, inspiration & giant among giants. His contribution to India is invaluable."

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