Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a titan in Indian politics, was given the highest national send-off today with politicians across the spectrum and foreign dignitaries attending his funeral held with state honours on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi. The ruling dispensation has declared seven days of state mourning.
But a year later, Mr Vajpayee rode on the first bus to begin a new service from Delhi to the Pakistani city of Lahore in a rare trip by an Indian prime minister to mend ties with the neighbour.
Likewise, the opening ceremony of All India CRPF Athletic Meet 2018 scheduled in Bhubaneswar has been cancelled due to death of the former PM.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to enquire about Vajpayee's health and reportedly spent 15 minutes with Vajpayee. He said the BJP patriarch lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades, while noting that it was Vajpayee's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century.
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said Vajpayee will inspire the generations to come. Today, our two countries and our bilateral relationship continue to benefit from Prime Minister Vajpayee's vision, which helped promote expanded cooperation. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities.
The BJP veteran was a diabetic and had one functional kidney.
Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to a schoolteacher, Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, and Krishna Devi. Following a brief flirtation with communism, he became a full-time worker of RSS in 1947.
Pay your tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee here. According to a notification, which was issued just after his demise. Then, a few years later, it was Vajpayee who made the first moves toward peace. Among those who visited the BJP stalwart at the hospital on Thursday were Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Raj Nath Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Uma Bharti, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. The body would be taken to the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at around 9 am and the funeral procession would leave the party office at 1 pm.
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