Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honours


He was a lifelong poet who revered nature but who oversaw India's growth into a swaggering regional economic power. It was the first time India had carried out nuclear tests since 1974.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vajpayee's former deputy LK Advani, BJP President Amit Shah, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have visited AIIMS over the last two days to enquire about Vajpayee's health.

Incidentally, UP is considered the former prime minister's karmabhoomi (land of action) as he represented the state's capital, Lucknow, in the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms, in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. My condolences to his family & all his admirers.

In the morning, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat paid homage at his official residence.

A few thousand people, some of whom chanted slogans hailing the late leader, thronged the Smriti Sthal as the last rites took place.

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However, he also defended a Hindu campaign for construction of a temple on the disputed site, which Hindus believe was the birthplace of god-king Rama.

Yuval Rotem, Ambassador, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, in his message said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a giant - India's former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee".

"It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century". He had suffered a stroke in 2009, which reportedly weakened his cognitive abilities, following which he developed dementia. Leaders of the BJP were gathering at his home in New Delhi to pay their respects.

PTI Chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Thursday expressed condolences over the demise of the leader, saying his efforts for India-Pakistan peace will always be remembered.

"As foreign minister, Vajpayee strived to open up ways towards normalisation of relations among neighboring states and had successfully taken this agenda to new heights after assuming the office of prime minister", he said.