The last rites for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were performed by his foster daughter Namita Bhattarcharya at the Smriti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna with full state honours.
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, who had led the huge, slogan-shouting procession accompanying Vajpayee’s body from the party office to the funeral site, leaders of various political parties and other dignitaries, including from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, were present.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran L.K. Advani, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and others laid wreaths as they paid their last respects.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shanker Prasad, Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Nitin Gadkari, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Samjawadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav were among the political leaders, cutting across party lines at the spot.
Earlier, the mortal remains of the 93-year-old former prime minister were brought to the headquarters of the BJP where thousands gathered to pay their respects to one of India’s tallest leaders, who had been one of the main founders for the party.
The body of the Bharat Ratna recipient, draped in the Tricolour, was brought to the BJP headquarters from his official residence at 6 A Krishna Menon Marg amid chants of ‘Atal Bihari Amar Rahe’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ by mourners, who accompanied the casket covered in white flowers.
Source: Hindustan Times