Sand Artist Sudarsan Patnaik pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on His First Death Anniversary

Bhubaneswar: Noted Sand artist Padmashri Sudarsan Patnaik paid homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with his artwork on the eve of his first death anniversary.

He took to twitter to share his sand art and wrote ‘My humble tributes to the former PM Bharat Ratna #AtalBihariVajpayee ji on his Punyatithi’.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the tenth Prime Minister of India, led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004, was the first-ever person from the BJP to have become the country’s Prime Minister. He served as Prime Minister thrice – briefly in 1996, and then for two terms between 1998 and 2004.

Mr. Vajpayee had retreated from politics over the few years before his death because of his health.

Mr. Vajpayee’s birthday anniversary, on December 25, is celebrated as ”Good Governance Day” by the party. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2014.