Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party patriarch’s birthdayfalls on December 25 will be observed each year as national ‘Good Governance Day’ as a mark of respect to former prime minister.
The BJP has decided to celebrate Vajpayee’s birthday as “good governanceday” from this year onwards and has asked party Members of Parliament to spend an hour on December 25 in their constituency to work for cleanliness as part of the Swachh Bharat programme.
The Prime Minister also asked the BJP MPs to work for an hour in their respective constituencies for the ‘Clean India’ campaign. The Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament was also asked to choose a constituency which the party has never won for this purpose.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said a core committee, with him and Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Anant Kumar as members, has been formed to chalk out the plans for celebrating Vajpayee’s birthday.
Vajpayee, who will turn 90 on December 25, has been ailing for sometime. While the amiable former Prime Minister is liked across party lines, marking his birthday as “good governance day” has started murmurs that the BJP is trying to appropriate yet another important day.
The Modi government launched Swachh Bharat programme on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi while Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary saw the government celebrating Sardar Patel’s birthday.
Rudy said BJP will organise seminars, and also highlight the achievements of the NDA government under Vajpayee on December 25.