Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honours, consigned to flames at Smriti Sthal

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee funeral cremation LIVE: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains were today consigned to the flames at the Smriti Sthal along the Yamuna river in Delhi.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremation, Updates: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains were today consigned to the flames at the Smriti Sthal along the Yamuna river in Delhi. Thousands of people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah stood witness as the nation bid adieu to Vajpayee. He was cremated with full state honours. The last rites were performed by his daughter Namita Bhattacharya. President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Ministers, several BJP leaders, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were among the thousands of people at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, the BJP patriarch’s final resting place. Several foreign dignitaries, including the king of Bhutan and the Bangladesh’s foreign minister, were also present.

Vajpayee first became Prime Minister in 1996, but his government lasted for just 13 days. His second stint as PM was in 1998 when the BJP-led NDA 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.

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  • 17:06 (IST)

    Mortal remains of Vajpayee consigned to flames

    The mortal remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were today consigned to the flames at Smriti Sthal along Yamuna river  with full state honour. The last rites were performed by his daughter Namita Bhattacharya.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Feel 'orphaned' by demise of Vajpayee: Shatrughan Sinha

    BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today said that he felt like an "orphan" after hearing the death news of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee, under whose guardianship he had learnt the "art of good politics". Describing Vajpayee as a "father-figure", he said, "As this most revered & respected institution leaves us, a real Father figure has gone. I feel orphaned in the true sense...We shall always remember you & miss your guidance on the correct path of life. I humbly offer my prayers & heartfelt condolences to the family & loved ones."

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Pak delegation arrives in Delhi

    Pakistan government headed by country's Law Minister arrives in Delhi to pay homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "We are here to share your grief and pay our condolences on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan," Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar said.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    PM Modi pays last respects to Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Chiefs of 3 Services pay homage to Vajpayee

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Union Jack flies at half-mast at British High Commission

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Thousands on road to witness the last journey

    The route from BJP office to Smriti Sthal is covered by people all around. Everyone looking to have a glimpse of their beloved Atal ji.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    People giving tribute to their beloved leader

    Visuals of people gathered during the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Smriti Sthal.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken Smriti Sthal

    Mortal remains of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee being taken from BJP Headquarters to Smriti Sthal for the funeral

  • 14:29 (IST)

    'Vajpayee played vital role in Sri Lanka's stability'

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister have condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The leaders said that Vajpayee had played a vital role in ensuring stability of the island nation. Sirisena said: "Today, we have lost a great humanist and a true friend of Sri Lanka. Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a visionary leader and an ardent defender of democracy. My condolences to his family and millions of his admirers around the world."

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Tricolour flies at half mast

    Tricolour is flying at half mast on the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Home Ministry as nation mourns former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise.

  • 14:27 (IST)

    SRK pays emotional tribute Vajpayee

    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has paid an emotional tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In a tweet, Khan remembered how his father used to take him for every speech Vajpayee made in Delhi.

  • 08:32 (IST)

    WATCH: PM Narendra Modi's heart-felt tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

  • 08:21 (IST)

    Security heightened in Delhi

    "Delhi police has made elaborate security arrangements for the last rites procession. It will be ensured that the people who come to pay last respect and the commuters face minimum inconvenience and that there is no compromise with security," Delhi DCP Madhur Verma.

  • 08:12 (IST)

    Delhi police traffic advisory

  • 07:48 (IST)

    Government holiday in Noida

    Yogi Adityanath government has declared official holiday in Gautam Buddh Nagar to pay respect to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "All government offices, schools and colleges in Gautam Buddh Nagar will remain closed tomorrow, i.e. August 17," District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh said, according to an official communication.

  • 07:38 (IST)

    US hails vision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    "The American people and I stand with the people of India as we mourn Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passing. Today, we hold the people of India in our thoughts and prayer. He recognized early on that US and India, based on their shared democratic values, could develop a partnership that would contribute to economic prosperity and security of the region and the world. Today, our 2 countries and our bilateral relationship continue to benefit from PM Vajpayee’s vision, which helped promote expanded cooperation," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement.

17:06 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Mortal remains of Vajpayee consigned to flames

The mortal remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were today consigned to the flames at Smriti Sthal along Yamuna river  with full state honour. The last rites were performed by his daughter Namita Bhattacharya.

16:53 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Feel 'orphaned' by demise of Vajpayee: Shatrughan Sinha

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today said that he felt like an "orphan" after hearing the death news of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee, under whose guardianship he had learnt the "art of good politics". Describing Vajpayee as a "father-figure", he said, "As this most revered & respected institution leaves us, a real Father figure has gone. I feel orphaned in the true sense...We shall always remember you & miss your guidance on the correct path of life. I humbly offer my prayers & heartfelt condolences to the family & loved ones."

16:45 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Last rites of Vajpayee being performed by his daughter
16:37 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Last rites of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal

16:33 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Tricolour handed over to Vajpayee's granddaughter
16:30 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Advani, Shah pay last respects to Vajpayee

Senior BJP leader LK Advani and BJP president Amit Shah pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal.

16:28 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
SAARC leaders pay homage to Vajpayee

Leaders of SAARC nations are at the Smriti Sthal to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Afghanistan gormerpresident Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh Foregin Minister, Nepal Foreign Minister  among others  arrived earlier today.

16:26 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Pak delegation arrives in Delhi

Pakistan government headed by country's Law Minister arrives in Delhi to pay homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "We are here to share your grief and pay our condolences on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan," Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar said.

16:22 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Bhutan King pays homage to Vajpayee
16:21 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
President pays last respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee
16:14 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Top leaders present at Smriti Sthal
16:14 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Sitharaman, Sumitra Mahajan pay homage
16:13 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
PM Modi pays last respects to Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal
16:12 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Chiefs of 3 Services pay homage to Vajpayee
15:59 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
France condoles demise of Vajpayee

Poet, politician, visionary, he left his mark on India’s history. His name remains linked to the Indo-French friendship, which he shaped by launching the strategic partnership that has united our two countries since 1998: France statement

15:54 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Top leaders attend funeral of Vajpayee
15:54 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi attend funeral
15:52 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Dalai Lama condoles demise of Vajpayee

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has extended his condolences over the sad demise of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the country has lost an "eminent national leader". "I feel privileged to have known him and am honoured to have counted him as a friend," the Dalai Lama said in a letter he wrote to the poet-politician's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya.

15:47 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Vajpayee's funeral procession reaches Smriti Sthal

The funeral procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has reached the Smriti Sthal where he will be cremated with full state honour.

15:32 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
India pays rich tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, tweets PMO
15:26 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Union Jack flies at half-mast at British High Commission
15:20 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Hamid Karzai arrives in Delhi

Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has arrived here. He will be attendinfg the funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

14:49 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Thousands on road to witness the last journey

The route from BJP office to Smriti Sthal is covered by people all around. Everyone looking to have a glimpse of their beloved Atal ji.

14:43 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
People giving tribute to their beloved leader

Visuals of people gathered during the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Smriti Sthal.

14:31 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken Smriti Sthal

Mortal remains of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee being taken from BJP Headquarters to Smriti Sthal for the funeral

14:29 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
'Vajpayee played vital role in Sri Lanka's stability'

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister have condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The leaders said that Vajpayee had played a vital role in ensuring stability of the island nation. Sirisena said: "Today, we have lost a great humanist and a true friend of Sri Lanka. Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a visionary leader and an ardent defender of democracy. My condolences to his family and millions of his admirers around the world."

14:29 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Tricolour flies at half mast

Tricolour is flying at half mast on the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Home Ministry as nation mourns former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise.

14:27 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
SRK pays emotional tribute Vajpayee

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has paid an emotional tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In a tweet, Khan remembered how his father used to take him for every speech Vajpayee made in Delhi.

14:24 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Bangladesh Foreign Minister counts Vajpayee's contribution

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be remembered by people of Dhaka for his immense contribution to the Liberation War. "We remember him for his contribution to Bangladesh Liberation War and strong support to people of Bangladesh. He had great liking for Bengali music. I had the privilege of serving in Delhi as career diplomat when he became Foreign Minister," he told ANI. Ali arrived in Delhi early this morning. He will be attending the funeral of Vajpayee later today

14:18 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Bhutan King pays homage to Vajpayee
14:17 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
People remember Vajpayee

14:16 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Mortal remains of Vajpayee enroute Smriti Sthal

Moral remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away last evening, is moving towards the Smriti Sthan where he will cremated. According to tv reports, Vajpayee's mortal remains will be consigned to the flames at 4:30 pm. PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah are walking behind the procession of Vajpayee.

14:07 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Vajpayee embarks on final journey

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral procession leave from BJP office. The mortal remains of the BJP leader will consigned to the flames at 4:30 pm.

14:05 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Mulayam Singh Yadav pays homage to Vajpayee
13:40 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Outside BJP office

09:59 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
PM Modi at BJP HQ to pay last respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:57 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Rahul Gandhi pays homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:55 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his love for Laddu

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to visit 'Thaggu ke Laddu' a sweet shop in Kanpur whenever he was in the town. Owner says, 'whenever BJP leaders in Kanpur used to go to meet him they would get laddoos packed for him. He loved food.', according to ANI report.

08:51 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
NSA pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has paid homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi this morning.

08:50 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Navy pays respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba has paid tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

08:32 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi's heart-felt tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:21 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Security heightened in Delhi

"Delhi police has made elaborate security arrangements for the last rites procession. It will be ensured that the people who come to pay last respect and the commuters face minimum inconvenience and that there is no compromise with security," Delhi DCP Madhur Verma.

08:18 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pays tribute to ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:15 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi pay homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:12 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Delhi police traffic advisory

08:08 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Financial Express pays tribute to Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

08:04 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Last respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Kerala governor P Sathasivam and Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit have paid last tributes to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

07:48 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Mourning in Punjab, holiday in Bihar

The Nitish Kumar government has declared holiday on August 17, Friday. Punjab is observing three-day state mourning to pay homage to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “All Punjab Offices/Boards/Corporation and Educational Institutions of the state will also remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect,” news agency ANI reported.

07:48 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
Government holiday in Noida

Yogi Adityanath government has declared official holiday in Gautam Buddh Nagar to pay respect to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "All government offices, schools and colleges in Gautam Buddh Nagar will remain closed tomorrow, i.e. August 17," District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh said, according to an official communication.

07:48 (IST) 17 Aug 2018
State govt offices, school, colleges shut in Tamil Nadu

In a mark of respect to former Prime Minister and BJP icon Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tamil Nadu has declared holiday for government offices, educational institutions- such as schools and colleges.

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