Farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Final journey ends at Smriti Sthal, SAARC leaders attend funeral - watsupptoday.com
Farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Final journey ends at Smriti Sthal, SAARC leaders attend funeral
Posted 18 Aug 2018 10:16 AM

Agencies
As bugles sounded the last post and soldiers fired in the air in salute, a sea of people at the Smriti Sthal in central Delhi bid a tearful farewell to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose mortal remains were consigned to the flames with full state honours Friday, a day after he passed away at age 93.

The final journey somewhat symbolised his life: somewhat planned, somewhat unpredictable, some moments of bridging a divide, some moments of being out in the cold. And it all played out on a hot, humid afternoon. Friends and rivals sat together, watching in silence as Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya lit the pyre. Many in the crowd fought tears when the Tricolour draping Vajpayee was folded and handed over to grand daughter Niharika. Not since the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 had Delhi seen such a multitude gather to have a last glimpse of their leader.

City bids farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM Modi leads funeral procession

People in hundreds poured on to the roads as the cortege headed to Smriti Sthal from the BJP headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah led the mourners on foot the entire distance.
At Smriti Sthal, Modi and Shah were joined by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP veteran and Vajpayee’s close friend L K Advani, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and a host of dignitaries, including Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai.

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