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LIVE: Atal Bihari Vajpayee final journey: Former PM laid to rest with full military honours at Smriti Sthal

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday at 5.05 pm in the national capital will be cremated in Delhi with full state honours on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart‘s body is now being taken to the party headquarters, where politicians from different parties will pay their last respect to the great leader.

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Soon after the news broke that Vajpayee had passed away, the nation was in grief and started paying tributes to the talismanic politician. Be it Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, WB CM Mamata Banerjee, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Odisha CM Navin Patnaik, or other chief ministers of states, everyone arrived at the AIIMS to see Vajpayee. All these leaders also paid their condolences on the social networking website.

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former prime minister Manmohan Singh pays his last respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The ex-PM’s body was kept at his bungalow on Krishna Menon Marg in New Delhi, where innumerable people came to pay their last respect. In the morning his body was being carried to the party headquarters in the national capital. After the visit by eminent politicians, Vajpayee’s body will be cremated at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal at 4 pm. An area of 1.5 acres plot has been kept for the three-time prime minister of the country.

It is to be known that as a mark of respect, the country is observing a state mourning for seven days. Also, the Delhi High Court and all district courts will function till 1 pm on Friday.

Sharing his respect for Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote:

I have lost a father figure. Atal Ji taught me vital facets of both ‘Shaasan’ and ‘Sangathan.’ His noble thoughts will live on and we will fulfil his dreams for the country.

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