Paying homage to India’s former prime minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi government today declared a seven day long national mourning. In a circular, the Home Ministry also said national flag would be flown at half mast from today for seven days across India and a state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee.
“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, it has been decided that seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from August 16-22, both days inclusive.
“During this period, the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where it is regularly flown and there will be no official entertainment during the period of the state mourning,” the Home Ministry said. National Flag shall also fly half mast till August 22 in all Indian Missions/High Commissions of India abroad.
Delhi Education minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter to inform that the schools and colleges will remain shut in New Delhi. Meanwhile, the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye was taken this evening to his residence in the national capital where people can pay their last respects. The mortal remains will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi tomorrow from 9 am for last tributes and the funeral procession starts in the afternoon.
The Cabinet decided that the state funeral for the departed leader would be held at Rasthreeya Smriti Sthal (Vijay Ghat), New Delhi at 5 pm. Here 1.5 ares land was allotted for Vajpayee’s memorial
The National Executive meeting of the BJP which was scheduled to be held on August 18-19 has been cancelled