Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran Parliamentarian and founder member of the BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, will be conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on March 27, 2015. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who are likely to be present at the Krishna Memon marg residence of Mr. Vajpayee in Lutyens’ Delhi where he will be honoured. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe announcement for the prestigious award for Vajpayee — the first Prime Minister from outside the Congress party to serve a full five-year term — came on December 24, 2014 a day before he turned 90. Mr. Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, and has faded from public life due to age-related illness, is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of the BJP. The Bharat Ratna announced earlier for noted educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya will be presented to his family members on March 30, 2015 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.