After the demise of three-time Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Awardee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 16th August, a day after Independence Day, the whole country mourns his loss. Well, a seven-day nationwide mourning has been declared till 22nd August. The last journey of the statesman and tallest leader of the current ruling party in the Centre has begun.
The final journey of the former PM through Delhi streets has begun and the mortal remains are taken to BJP headquarter. Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be cremated on 17th August 2018. A huge crowd of people have also joined the procession. People are chanting 'Atal Bihari amar rahe' and 'Vande Mataram'.
Vajpayee's final journey from the party headquarters will start around 1 pm and the samadhi of the great leader will be done at Vijay Ghat, near Rajghat, at 4 pm. On his funeral, several roads in Delhi would be restricted for the Delhiites. The procession of Atal Bihari Vajpayee will pass through Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi Gate, Netaji Subhash Marg and Shanti Van to reach Rashtriya Smriti Samadhi area where the BJP leader will be cremated at 4 pm.
The 93-year-old Vajpayee was admitted to the AIIMS on 11 June following kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection and low urine output. The former PM died on Thursday evening at 5:05 pm. His death was confirmed by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Mr Vajpayee was shifted to a life support since last two days in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Atal Ji was a diabetic patient and had only one kidney functional. After the stroke that hit him in the year 2009, his cognitive abilities have also weakened. Later, he also developed dementia.