Narendra Modi hands Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes to all BJP state chiefs for immersion in rivers across country

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday handed over urns containing ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to state unit chiefs of the party who will take out processions with it to mark the legacy of the popular leader.

The state unit heads of the BJP along with the Union ministers from their respective states were assigned to carry out 'Asthi Kalash Yatra' in all states to immerse the ashes in holy rivers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during handing over of the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to all BJP state presidents. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during handing over of the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to all BJP state presidents. PTI

The urns carrying the ashes of Vajpayee were handed over by Modi and other senior leaders of the BJP to party's state unit chiefs in a programme organised at the BJP's old head office in New Delhi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as well as members of Vajpayee's family were also present.

The party had decided to take out the 'Asthi Kalash Yatra' in all the states of the country, so that all the citizens could offer their tributes to the popular leader, Shah tweeted.

The BJP decided to take out the yatras in all districts, the party leaders said.

The yatra was being organised as party workers and people in the country wanted to pay tributes to Vajpayee, who died last week after a prolonged illness at the age of 93, they said. Processions will start from Wednesday from state capitals and pass through all blocks, they added.


Updated Date: Aug 22, 2018 15:49 PM

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