New Delhi, Dec 24: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya were today chosen for the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.
The announcement came ahead of Vajpayee's 90th birthday tomorrow.
The Modi Government on Wednesday recommended their names to President Pranab Mukherjee.
While, the BJP and Shiv Sena have been demanding Bharat Ratna for former PM for the last few years, other political leader like Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee have also supported and welcomed the move.
Here is how the twitterattis reacted on the same:
#PresidentMukherjee has been pleased to award Bharat Ratna to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) and to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 24, 2014
Bharat Ratna being conferred on Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya & Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a matter of great delight.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 24, 2014
It is indeed heartening and a matter of pride for every Indian to confer Bharat Ratna two of its most precious gems - Mahamana & Atal ji.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) December 24, 2014
Delightd dat BHARAT ratna is being given 2 Vajpayeeji and Pd.Malviya..gr8 heroes of India being revered and respected.— APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) December 24, 2014
We welcome the conferring of Bharat Ratna on Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and Sh Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We congratulate... https://t.co/W3pATMEyDu— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) December 24, 2014
Two stalwarts & deserving sons of soil ATALJI & MALVYAJI who toiled to make India proud, have been conferred d #BharatRatna! Many congrats.— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) December 24, 2014
Extremely happy over the decision to confer 'Bharat Ratna' on Shri Atalji and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) December 24, 2014
Bharat Ratan to Madan Mohan Malviya ji & Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is d Ultimate tribute to these dynamic leaders. Shat shat Pranam. Jai Ho.:)— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) December 24, 2014
Namaskar. Aaj Bharat sarkar ne Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya ji aur Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji in dono ko (cont) http://t.co/mKXRoiTYo4— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) December 24, 2014