At an event organized on August 22 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah handed over urns wrapped in plain red cloth with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to state party chiefs.
Former PM Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya along with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was present on stage as the urns were handed over.
The BJP will be organising ‘asthi kalash yatras’ in different districts to immerse the ashes in 100 rivers across the country with top leadership participating in a ritual. The BJP leaders will organize yatras or processions, and condolence meets, as the urns are taken to rivers.
The processions will begin from state capitals and will continue through all blocks.
While addressing the event Minister of State (MoS) Railways Manoj Sinha said, “Vajpayee played a pivotal role in the development of this country. His appeal to the people of Gazipur during the 1999 election, helped me to win.”
Three-time prime minister Vajpayee passed away at the age of 93 on August 16 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.