Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday, saying he “provided exceptional leadership to India at a crucial time”.
 
“Birthday greetings to our beloved Atal ji. We salute this great personality who provided exceptional leadership to India at a crucial time.

 
“Be it as a party leader, parliamentarian, minister, prime minister, Atal ji distinguished himself in every role. This is his speciality,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.
 
Modi said he would pay a visit to the Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart later in the day.
 
“After landing in Delhi this evening, will head straight to Atal ji’s residence and wish him personally.”
Prime Minister Modi was on a two-day visit to Russia. He tweeted in the morning that as soon as he will land in Delhi, he will go to Mr. Vajpayee’s residence to wish him.