Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the most respected and greatest leaders of India. He was widely respected as a statesman and is widely remembered as the leader who always put his country first.
Here are some interesting facts about the charismatic and erudite leader:
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Facts
He was born in a Brahmin family on December 25, 1924 (Christmas day).
2. Agra Connection
His ancestral village is in Bateshwar, Agra. His grandfather Pandit Shyam Lal Vajpayee, had migrated to Morena, Madhya Pradesh.
3. “Quit India Movement”
In 1942, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was arrested along with his elder brother Prem for participating in “Quit India Movement” against British Goverment in India. He was imprisoned for 23 days.
4. Law Studies with Father
He and his father went to the same college (DAV College, Kanpur) for their Law Studies. They together shared the same hostel room in the college.
5. A Rare Fact in Politics
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first ever non-congress Prime Minister who served the full 5-year tenure in office. He was widely respected not only by his followers but also by the opponents.
6. Three Time Prime Minister
He held the highest office for three times. He was also the first Prime minister who ran a Coalition Government in India with 26 parties.
7. Jawaharlal Nehru Predictions
His public speaking skills were so amazing that they impressed even Jawaharlal Nehru to a great extent. Nehru presciently predicted that Atal Bihari Vajpayee will become a Prime Minister of India one day.
8. Won Six Lok Sabha Constituencies
He is the only leader to win six Lok Sabha constituencies from 4 different states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi,
9. Speech at United Nations
He uplifted Hindi at the United Nations when he delivered a resounding speech in Hindi. He was the first Indian politician to do so.
10. His Love for Poetry
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not only a prolific politician but also a great poet. He wrote his first poem when he was in the tenth standard.
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