Atal Bihari Vajpayee funeral Highlights: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours at Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi. His adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya lit the funeral pyre and the poet-politician was given a gun salute. His body was shifted from his residence to the BJP headquarters this morning, where scores of leaders, cutting across party lines, paid tribute to the leader through the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah walked beside the coffin as it was brought to Smriti Sthal. Vajpayee, a stalwart of the BJP, passed away on Thursday after battling a prolonged illness at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was 93. The charismatic leader is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. The government has announced seven days of state mourning, and the national flag will be flown at half-mast for seven days across the country.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours at Smriti Sthal in Delhi, where leaders across party lines paid last respects. Read in Hindi, Bangla and Tamil
Vajpayee's demise an irreparable loss, he understood how to bring out his best players: Tendulkar
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday condoled the demise of former prime minister Vajpayee's demise, as the BJP stalwart was laid to rest with full state honours in Delhi today.
He understood how to bring the best out of his players. He was always liked by everyone. I was fortunate enough to see both, a great cricketer and a wonderful person. It is an irreparable loss: Sachin Tendulkar after paying last respects to Ajit Wadekar at his residence in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/GqxYTGDDfx— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Naga rebel group NSCN-IM condoles Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) Isaak-Muivah faction has said that it is ‘deeply saddened’ to hear the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. A statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Publicity (MIP), said late Vajpayee was a great leader who could understand the Nagas and was committed to find an honourable settlement to the Naga issue. READ MORE
Last rites were performed by Vajpayee's family
The last rites are being performed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Bhattacharya, standing with Grand Daughter Niharika, on Friday, August 17, 2018. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal) See more PICS HERE
Girl seen paying tribute to former PM while his mortal remains were being taken for last rites
A girl was seen paying tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee while his mortal remains were being taken from the old quarters in Delhi for cremation. The last rites were conducted at Smriti Sthal in Delhi as the departed leader was accorded a state funeral. The moment was captured by The Indian Express photojournalist Abhinav Saha (@abhinavsaha).
A girl paying tribute to the former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee from her residence, while his mortal remains was being taken from the old quarters of Delhi, to perform his last rites. @IndianExpress @ExpressImages #Daryaganj pic.twitter.com/Q98rftesRV— Abhinav Saha (@abhinavsaha) August 17, 2018
Due to state mourning, Change of Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan will not be held tomorrow
Change of Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan will not be held tomorrow due to state mourning.
Former PM Vajpayee's ashes to be immersed in every river in UP
Ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was accorded a state funeral today, will be immersed in every rives in Uttar Pradesh including Ganga, Yamuna and Tapti. Uttar Pradesh government said that this will be done to respect the grand stature of iconic BJP leader.
Ashes of former prime minister #AtalBihariVajpayee will be spread in every river in Uttar Pradesh including Ganga, Yamuna, and Tapti, to respect his grand stature: UP government pic.twitter.com/UC2pW12CIq— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 17, 2018
Atal Ji will live on in hearts and minds of every Indian: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who regarded Vajpayee as a father figure to him, said that Atal Ji will live on in hearts and minds of every Indian.
Atal Ji, you will live on in the hearts and minds of every Indian.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018
No words can ever do justice to your rich contribution towards the making of our country. pic.twitter.com/TcQEmF68Mi
People from all parts of the country came to pay tributes to Vajpayee: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets as former PM Vajpayee was cremated at Smriti Sthal in Delhi with full state honours. He said that people came from all parts of India, from all sections of society to pay tributes to an extraordinary personality who made an extraordinary contribution to the nation.
People came from all parts of India, from all sections of society to pay tributes to an extraordinary personality who made an extraordinary contribution to the nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018
India salutes you Atal Ji! pic.twitter.com/i2YVxWys0i
Earlier today, King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks
Earlier in the day, King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in Delhi. The Bhutanese king was also present in the funeral ceremony of former PM Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal.
King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in Delhi, earlier today pic.twitter.com/XYpIU7ETvh— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Hamid Karzai, Pakistan acting law minister Syed Ali Zafar and other dignitaries at Smriti Sthal
Among the Indian politicians and leaders across party lines, foreign dignitaries were also present at Smriti Sthal where Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours
Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistan acting law minister Syed Ali Zafar, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali and EAM Sushma Swaraj at funeral of #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/vyuYiBGf6e— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Vajpayee's adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya lights funeral pyre
Last rites ceremony of the former PM is underway
Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar arrived in Delhi to pay condolences to Vajpayee
Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar in Delhi to pay condolences to Vajpayee on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan. We are here to share your grief and pay our condolences on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan: Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar after arriving in Delhi for the funeral of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/47aFQyv05E— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Body of former PM to be kept on a pyre soon
The body of former PM Vajpayee who passed away yesterday will be kept on a pyre soon. State funeral is being accorded to the poet leader and a great statesman who remained unmarried throughout his life.
Tricolor wrapped around mortal remains of Vajpayee handed over to his family
BJP president Amit Shah, former PM Manmohan Singh lay wreath
BJP president Amit Shah pays last respects to the departed leader. Shah had yesterday said that Atal ji will be immortal like a polestar. Former PM Manmohan Singh has also paid his last respects to the leader. The two leaders shared a similar ideology for liberalisation
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Former PM Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders pay last respects
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Former PM Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Smriti Sthal in Delhi for funeral of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/o44tp47XxD— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind pays his respect to the departed leader
President Ram Nath Kovind pays his respect to Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal. Amid a teary-eyed atmosphere, leaders across party lines are present to pay their last respects to the great leader.
PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Bhutan king pay floral tributes at Smriti Sthal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays wreath near the body of former PM Vajpayee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the wreath near the body of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Other dignitaries have also made a beeline to pay floral tributes to the departed soul.
Wreath laying ceremony underway as nation pays homage to the great leader
The chiefs of all three defence forces lay the wreath at Smriti Sthal where funeral the ceremony of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being conducted.
Vajpayee being accorded final farewell amid chant of mantras
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being given 'Salami Shastra' -- a gun salute as final farewell gets underway amid the chant of mantras.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia present on the spot
Leaders from across party lines were present at Smriti Sthal to pay homage to the iconic BJP leader. Also seen were Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia along with Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ashok Gehlot and Raj Babbar
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ashok Gehlot and Raj Babbar, at Smriti Sthal for the funeral of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/9Lvhfxj2ap— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Last rites ceremony of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal: Watch LIVE
Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrive at Smriti Sthal
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have arrived at Smriti Sthal for funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Jack flies at half-mast at the British High Commission in New Delhi as mark of respect for Vajpayee
Union Jack flies at half-mast at the British High Commission in New Delhi as a mark of respect to Former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee. pic.twitter.com/QN0DKiB5OW— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Railway workers' unions pay homage to former prime minister Vajpayee
Railway workers today paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was once the president of a station masters' union, and recalled the saffron leader's dedication to the workers' movement.
Vajpayee funeral: Amit Shah, several leaders walks somberly behind the cortege
BJP chief Amit Shah, several union ministers and party leaders also walked somberly behind the cortege as it made its way to the Rashtriya Smirti Sthal where the last rites would be performed. A huge crowd of people showered petals at the funeral procession and jostled to get a glimpse of the former prime minister.
Thousands gather as Vajpayee's funeral procession leaves BJP headquarters
Thousands of mourners jostled and some clambered on trees to capture the moment on their phones as former prime minister Atal Bihari 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.
Distance between BJP headquarters and Smriti Sthal is about 4 Kilometers
The distance between BJP headquarters and Smriti Sthal is about 4 Kilometers. PM Modi, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and several other leaders has taken part in the procession.
The mortal remains of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee being taken to Smriti Sthal for funeral. PM Modi and Amit Shah also take part in the procession. The distance is around 4 kilometers. pic.twitter.com/vJWTLwMwhm— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
Watch | Mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken to Smriti Sthal from BJP headquarters