Ashes of late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 is taken to Haridwar on Sunday.
Latest visuals of the Kalash Yatra suggests that major political figures including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and BJP President Amit Shah joined in.
Following nine weeks of observation under a team of doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Science, the former Prime Minister passed away on
Mortal remains of the tall leader was taken from the BJP headquarters to Smriti Sthan where he was to be laid to rest. The procession saw thousands of people who had gathered to get a final glimpse of the BJP supremo. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Ravi Shankar and BJP President Amit Shah were among the many other political leaders that followed the procession on foot.
The former Prime Minister received full state honours during his last rites. Leaders of SAARC countries paid homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. President Ram Nath Kovind, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP President Amit Shah.
A number of past and present leaders visited Vajpayee over the course of his treatment at AIIMS, particularly in the days immediately following him being admitted. Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as former PMs Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, visited him, as did BJP party president Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi, LK Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, among others. Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Chandrababu Naidu also visited him while they were in the capital for the meeting of the Niti Aayog.
Vajpayee assumed his first cabinet role all the way back in 1977 in the Morarji Desai-led government as the Minister of External Affairs. The Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, was conferred upon him in 2015. The current Narendra Modi-led government has named a number of schemes after him, namely the Atal Pension Yojana as well as the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.