Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honors

Former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full state honors at Smriti Sthal in Delhi on Friday.

Thousands of people from across India came together to join the funeral procession of the former prime minister. Huge crowd of people showered petals at the funeral procession and expressed their condolences.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah, several union ministers, and many party leaders walked behind the carriage carrying the mortal remains of Vajpayee to the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal where the last rites were performed.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid final tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal.

Political leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were also present at the Smriti Sthal.

Leaders of Saarc and King of Bhutan also paid homage to Vajpayee.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday evening where he was being treated since last nine weeks.

As a mark of respect to the former prime minister, a seven-day mourning has been announced by the Central government.