Vajpayee: 7-day national mourning, will be cremated at Smriti Sthal at 4 pm

Vajpayee: 7-day national mourning,  will be cremated at Smriti Sthal at 4 pm

Courtesy : Nationalist17/08/2018 19:22

 Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, One of India’s most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics, died here today. He was 93.

Vajpayee's body taken to his residence at Krishna Menon marg in New Delhi for people to pay their last respects, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

Paying homage to India's former prime minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi government on Thursday declared a seven day long national mourning. Education minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter to inform that the schools and colleges will remain shut in New Delhi. 

During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment. To honour Vajpayee, a state funeral will also be accorded. 

 Vajpayee, a bachelor, is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital where he was admitted June 11 with a variety of ailments.

"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at 05:05 PM," the AIIMS said in a statement.

 He will be will be cremated at 1:30 pm tomorrow on the banks of the Yamuna. A Vajpayee memrial may come up near Smriti Sthal. A cabinet meeting has been called at 6:30 PM. A holiday is likely to be declared tomorrow and the nation will observe 7 days of mourning for the former PM.  

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other BJP as well as opposition leaders drove to AIIMS as it became clear that the end was near.

"It was Atalji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century," Modi said. 

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

"It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick," Modi said in a tweet. "He travelled across the length and breadth of India to spread the BJP's message, which led to the BJP becoming a strong force in our national polity and in several states," he added.

Seen as a moderate face of BJP, Vajpayee's first became prime minister in 1996, leading a shaky coalition whose members were suspicious of the BJP's right-wing politics. It lasted for 13 days and collapsed after losing a vote of no-confidence.

His second stint as prime minister was in 1998 when the National Democratic Alliance again came to power but that lasted for just 13 months.Finally, the NDA with Vajpayee as PM returned to power in 1999 and was voted out in 2004. 

A 10-time MP of the Lok Sabha, Vajpayee announced his retirement from politics in 2005. He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha twice.The former prime minister was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

Vajpayee, a diabetic, had only one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed ementia. Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to a schoolteacher, Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, and Krishna Devi. Today, his birthday is celebrated as Good Governance Day'. After schooling,he graduate from Victoria college in Gwalior,now know as LaxmiBai college.He did his MA in Political science from DAV college in kanpur.After it  he became a full-time worker of RSS in 1947.

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