Last Rite of Atal Ji: Mortal remains reaches Red Fort

17 Aug 2018 03:50 PM

Last Rite of Atal Ji: Mortal remains reaches Red Fort

Updated 17 Aug 2018 03:50 PM

The final journey of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has begun. Sea of people has swarmed the roads with teary-eyed men and women, young and old jostling to catch a last glimpse of their leader, who lies in state on a decorated gun carriage.
Many are chanting slogans, thousands are sprinkling rose petals on their leader, who is no more.
The cadaver was taken out from the newly built Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters, the walls of which saw Vajpayee for the first and the last time.
The glass coffin, draped in India's flag, is passing through Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, the road named after the BJP's founder, whom Vajpayee revered.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah are following their leader through the lanes and bylanes of Darya Ganj leading up to Rajghat, on which Vajpayee once moved with protocol every year, precisely around this time- while going to the Red Fort to address the nation on Independence Day, from 1998 to 2003.
Today's journey, however, is different.

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