Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes among 7 Padma Vibhushan awardees

Among the seven other Padma Vibhushan awardees are Olympian boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth and Indian classical singer Chhannulal Mishra.

NEW DELHI: Former Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously on the 71st Republic Day on Sunday.

Vishveshateertha Swamji, a spiritual leader from Karnataka, will also be awarded posthumously.

Among the seven other Padma Vibhushan awardees are Olympian boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth and Indian classical singer Chhannulal Mishra.

The Padma Vibhushan, which is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, is the highest civilian award in India after the Bharat Ratna.

The government announced the final list of names for Padma Awards 2020 on Saturday, the eve of Republic Day.

Sushma Swaraj's daughter Basuri and husband Kaushal Swaraj took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for conferring Padma Vibhushan Award on the former external affairs minister in recognition of her services to the nation. We feel honoured and humbled, they said in a statement.

 

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