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According to our Government of India’s Home ministry website the award Bharat Ratna is for persons who have done exceptional service or performance of highest order in any field of human behavior.Only Prime minister himself can recommend or nominate such people for bharat ratna. If you check the list of prime ministers in India at PMO INDIA official site it is clearly seen that  Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were the Prime Ministers of India during 1955 and 1971 respectively

In 1955 only Jawaharlal Nehru  was awarded with Bharat Ratna and In 1971 only Indira Gandhi was awarded with Bharat Ratna which clearly concludes that they themselves nominated for Bharat Ratna to president when they were prime ministers.

This is a copy of RTI answer filed by a writer for an Indian site



Source: India facts

Both the articles by DNA India and Outlook supports the same

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