He was the Prime Minister across three terms: for 16 days in 1996, 1998-1999, and, finally, for full five years from 1999-2004
He was accorded the Padma Vibhushan (1992) and Bharat Ratna in 2015, and breathed his last on August 16, 2018.
He is also noted as a poet and a writer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday remembered former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the latter's 97th birth anniversary.
Meanwhile, defence minister Rajnath Singh also posted in memory of the stalwart, describing him as a ‘great nationalist,’ ‘eminent orator,’ ‘wonderful poet,’ ‘able administrator’ and a ‘remarkable reformist.’