NWI Tribute To India's Oldest Living Former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee [WATCH]

| December 25 , 2017 , 13:28 IST

Veteran BJP leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee turns 93 on Monday, becoming the oldest former living PM of India. Vajpayee, the only non-Congress prime minister to last a full five years in office, had a historic tenure. Under his leadership, the nuclear tests in Pokhran, Rajasthan were conducted, peace talks with Pakistan progressed and the largest highway project of the nation 'Golden Quadrilateral' began. 

In 2014 Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday was designated as 'Good Governance Day' and in 2015 he was awarded the Bharat Ratna for his contributions to the nation. 

Watch highlights of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's career in a News World India tribute video below:

On the occasion of Vajpayee's 93rd birthday, the Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath government will be releasing 93 prisoners from various jails of the state that had completed their interment but could not be released due to pending fines. 

"It has been decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non- payment of fine imposed on them," Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said in an order issued.

"The names of convicts to be set free have been picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or are serving imprisonment in another case," a senior Home department officials said.