Marking the end of an era, former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last at the age of 93 at 5:05 pm on 16 August in New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
His mortal remains were first brought to his residence at 6A, Krishna Menon Marg in New Delhi on Thursday, where top political leaders gathered to pay their last tribute to Vajpayee.
His body will be taken to the BJP headquarters on Friday following which his state funeral will be held in Delhi’s Smriti Sthal, where the Urban Development Ministry has allotted approximately 1.5 acres of land for his memorial.
The Home Ministry also announced that the national flag would be flown at half mast for seven days across India in memory of Vajpayee.
The national flag would also fly half mast on the day of the funeral in all Indian missions abroad.
Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand governments have declared public holiday on 17 August to honour Vajpayee.
Prior to the funeral, radio communication teams have been deployed at Vijay Ghat and security have been beefed up, according to News18. Materials for setting up pandals have also been brought to the spot, said News18.
The BJP has also cancelled its National Executive meeting which was scheduled to be held on 18-19 August.
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(With inputs from News18.)
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