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Foreign Minister attends former Indian PM Vajpayee’s funeral

Sun Online Desk     17th August, 2018 10:24:22 printer

Foreign Minister attends former Indian PM Vajpayee’s funeral

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Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali attended the funeral of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi on Friday.


He offered flower wreath on behalf of the government and people of Bangladesh at the funeral to show respect to one of the greatest leaders in India.


Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi  Syed Muazzem Ali accompanied him at the last rites of the veteran politician. 


In the evening, the foreign minister met Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and personally conveyed the condolence on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


Mahmood Ali reached New Delhi on Friday morning to attend the funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian former prime minister, who died on Thursday.


 According to the foreign ministry, the government of Bangladesh is deeply shocked at the sudden demise of the former Prime Minister of India.


Vajpayee, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93. He had suffered a stroke in 2009.


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.


The former Indian prime minister  who led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004, was the first-ever member of the BJP to become India's Prime Minister.


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.