New Delhi: In presence of all big names including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, thousands of people bid adieu to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been cremated with full state honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.
The journey began around 2 p.m., an hour behind schedule, from the BJP’s new central office on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. Modi and Shah walked behind the flower-decked gun carriage carrying the body of Vajpayee draped in the tricolour as security personnel kept a tight watch.
eople from across the country, many of them teary-eyed, threw flower petals on the casket all through the three-kilometer route as an expression of their love, respect and admiration for the late leader.
Slogans like “Atalji amar rahen”, “Jab tak sooraj chand rahega, Atalji ka naam rahega”, “Bharat Mata ki jai” and “Vande Mataram” rent the air as the procession progressed. Some people were carrying banners containing lines from poems written by Vajpayee.