Vajpayee will be awarded the Bharat Ratna along with Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior.
His birthday, 25 December, has been declared as Good Governance Day by government.
He also went to jail during India's fight for Independence
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first person from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Prime Minister of India. He was sworn in as PM three times. However, the first two times, the number 13 proved unlucky for him. The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the 1996 Lok Sabha polls. He became PM in 1996, 1998, 1999.
He is the founder-member of the erstwhile Jana Sangh (1951), President, Bharatiya Jana Sangh (1968-1973), leader of the Jana Sangh parliamentary party (1955-1977) and a founder-member of the Janata Party (1977-1980)
Following Janata's victory in the 1977 general elections, he became the Minister of External Affairs in Prime Minister Morarji Desai's cabinet. As foreign minister, that year Vajpayee became the first person to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi. By the time the Janta government crumbled in 1979, Vajpayee had established himself as an experienced statesman and a respected political leader.
Shri Vajpayee was conferred Padma Vibhushan in 1992 in recognition of his services to the nation. He was also conferred the Lokmanya Tilak Puruskar and the Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Award for the Best Parliamentarian, both in 1994. Earlier, the Kanpur University honoured him with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in 1993.
He is well known for his love for poetry and a powerful speaker, Shri Vajpayee is known to be a voracious reader. He is fond of Indian music and dance.