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Vajpayee, Malaviya To Get Bharat Ratna

Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, center, flanked by Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, front, and L.K. Advani, behind, returns after filing his nomination papers as the National Democratic Alliance-backed Independent candidate for the presidential election in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 25, 2007. Unfazed by the numbers against him, Shekhawat Monday filed his nomination papers for probably a straight fight with ruling United Progressive Alliance-Left nominee Pratibha Patil according to a news agency.To the extreme right is senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi.(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

NEW DELHI, Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya will be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, a Rasthrapati Bhavan communique said Wednesday.

"The President has been pleased to award Bharat Ratna to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthmously) and to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee," the communique said.