“Paid floral tribute to Bharat Ratna Atal ji at his memorial on the occasion of his birth anniversary. Atal ji’s thoughts and his dedication for the progress of the country will always give us strength for the service of the nation,” he said.
Shah also said Vajpayee had started the era of development, welfare of poor and good governance in India through a life of politics based on ideology.
“Atal ji’s devotion to duty and national service will always be a centre of inspiration for us,” he said.
Born in 1924, Vajpayee was a founder member of the Jana Sangh and then the BJP, a party which rose from the margins to rule India for the first time in 1990s with him being its main face. His tenure is credited with ushering in a fresh wave of liberalisation, boosting growth and infrastructure.