Atal's 84th birthday: celebrated in his constituency

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Lucknow, Dec 25 (UNI) The 84th birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was today celebrated here, the Lok Sabha constituency of the BJP patriarch.

Mr Vajpayee, who had already announced his retirement from active politics by announcing that he would not contest the next Lok Sabha polls, had represented Lucknow Lok Sabha seat for consecutive five times in a row.

Several programmes were held in the city to mark the occasion like distribution of fruits, holding of eye camps and spiritual meetings.

Yesterday, the district BJP unit had organised a 'teheri bhoj'(community feast where a mix of rice and pulses is served) on the banks of river Gomti to celebrate the occasion.

BJP state spokesman Narendra Singh Rana said debates and other functions are being held throughout the state to celebrate the birthday of the veteran leader.

Mr Vajpayee had visited Lucknow last during the BJP's national executive one year ago around the same time but he left for the national capital on December 24, 2006 after addressing a public rally where he asked Muslims to team up with BJP for nation building.

UNI

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