Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with BJP Chief Amit Shah joined the thousands of people for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s final journey. Thousands of mourners jostled and some clambered on trees to capture the moment on their phones as Vajpayee’s cortege left the BJP’s headquarters for Rashtriya Smriti Sthal for the last rites of the poet-politician.
People from across the country gathered outside the BJP headquarters and hundreds lined up inside to pay homage to the former prime minister, who wove together pragmatism and a vision for an inclusive India. The young and old, men and women, some with children, collected outside the gates of the BJP headquarters, anxious for a last glimpse of the late leader before the state funeral at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna later in the day.
The mortal remains Vajpayee were taken to the BJP headquarters from his residence on the Krishna Menon Marg in the national capital earli. Amid chants of ‘Atal Bihari Amar Rahe’, a decorated gun carriage carrying the mortal remains of Vajpayee, who passed away last evening, reached to BJP headquarters on Deen Dayal Updadhyay Marg around 11:15 am.
A huge crowd has gathered outside the BJP headquarters where the top party leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister RajnathSingh, party chief Amit Shah and several union ministers paid their last respects at the party office. The last rites of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will take place at 4 pm today at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.