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Alvida Atal: Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal

Vajpayee's foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 17, 2018 21:45 IST ]
Former PM Vajpayee cremated with full military honours at

Former PM Vajpayee cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, on the banks of Yamuna river, on Friday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chiefs of all three armed forces, politicians cutting across party lines, foreign delegations, dignitaries from different walks of life as well as a large number of commoners were present during the cremation of Vajpayee.

Vajpayee's foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here at AIIMS on Thursday at age 93, was on Friday cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where people turned out in tens of thousands to pay their final tributes.

India Tv - Family members and relatives of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation

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Family members and relatives of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation

In keeping with the military honours, three service chiefs placed wreaths on the body of Vajpayee before leaders paid their floral tributes. 

The tricolour that was wrapped around Vajpayee's body was removed and given to his foster granddaughter Niharika after which the body was handed over to the family for last rites.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, veteran BJP leaders and Vajpayee's long-time associates L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were also present at the funeral.

Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai led foreign dignitaries including Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Sri Lanka's Acting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in paying homage.

India Tv - Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries during the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries during the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Anand Sharma, Lok Sabha Deputy Speker M. Thambidurai, former Union Minister A. Raja, MDMK chief Vaiko and TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi were among who witnessed the performance of the last rites.

A few thousand people, some of whom chanted slogans hailing the late leader, thronged the Smriti Sthal as the last rites took place.

Earlier, tens of thousands of commoners joined Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in the final journey to bid adieu to Vajpayee as the former Prime Minister's body was being taken to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.

India is observing a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader was decorated with Bharat Ratna and was very popular. The tricolour is flying half-staff across the country. 

93-year-old Vajpayee breathed his last at 5:05 pm on Thursday at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was undergoing treatment since June 11.

India Tv - Namita Kaul, daughter of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during his cremation with full state honour

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Namita Kaul, daughter of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during his cremation with full state honour

Vajpayee, the three-term prime minister, was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with a variety of ailments including kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

Vajpayee, who joined the Rastriya Swamsevak Sangha (RSS) in 1947 rose through ranks to become a stalwart of the BJP and was the first non-Congress prime minister to complete a full term in office.

Vajpayee, who passed away at AIIMS on Thursday evening, had a pan-India appeal and his flair for foreign policy and initiatives were acknowledged globally. 

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