Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India who was elected three times by the government, passed away at AIIMS, Delhi on Aug 16, Thursday. He was 93 and was battling with his illness from a long time.
The body of former Prime Minister Vajpayee was kept whole night in his official residence, where mostly all the politicians paid tribute to him. He was then taken to BJP headquarters.
Mr. Vajpayee’s body was taken to Smriti Sthal for the funeral procession which is situated in the banks of Yamuna in Delhi. The last journey of Atal started on Friday from the BJP office. The cremation was held at 4 pm in the evening.
The body of Vajpayee ji was draped in Tricolor and the atmosphere was full with chants of ‘Atal Bihari Amar Rahe’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. The casket was covered in white flowers.
Delhi policemen told our sources, 5000 policemen and parliamentary officers will pay tribute to the last rites performed for former PM Atal. From 180 Delhi police stations, security arrangements have been drafted accordingly.
Prime Minister Modi along with Amit Shah, followed the vehicle carrying Atal’s body on foot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Our honorable and respectable Atal Ji is no more and I have no words to express my emotions. He dedicated his life to the nation”. He also adds, “Atal ji’s death is a loss for me and the nation. His death marked an end of an era. I have some really good memories of him. I will especially remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit”.
The government has announced a half-day holiday for the government offices on Friday 17 Aug in order to pay condolences to the national legend. Besides this, seven days of state mourning has also been announced by the government. Also, the national flag will be flown for the next seven days.