New Delhi, Aug 17: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would construct a separate samadhi-cum-memorial dedicated to nation’s first BJP prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the banks of Yamuna near Rajghat in New Delhi, said media reports on Friday. A leading portal said that to do so, the Centre would have to do away with a law passed by its predecessor, the UPA government. (Also read: Vajpayee’s Aide Likely to be Named Nehru Memorial Museum Head) Also Read - Maharashtra Approves Rs 100 Crore For Bal Thackeray Memorial; Land to be Handed Over to Trust Tomorrow

In 2013, the UPA government had passed a law calling for a ‘Rashtriya Samiti’ or a common memorial for all former prime ministers of India who did not have memorials in their names. For calling for a common samadhi for all deceased leaders, the UPA had cited the paucity of land as the reason, said the report. So for the Vajpayee memorial to be built in New Delhi, the UPA law will have to be overturned, it said. Sources said the decision is likely to be taken at the next Cabinet meeting. (Also read: Rajnath Draws Parallels Between Mahatma Gandhi And Vajpayee) Also Read - Atal Bihari Vajpayee 94th Birth Anniversary: Former PM's Memorial To Be Inaugurated In Delhi Today; UP to Observe Good Governance Day

Eight former prime ministers, two former presidents and two deputy prime ministers have memorials of their own, apart from Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi at Raj Ghat. Vajpayee, who served as the PM in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004, passed away in New Delhi on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He had been admitted to AIIMS in the national capital for the past nine weeks following a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. His funeral will be held today at 4 PM at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in east Delhi. Several roads, especially in central Delhi, schools, including the private ones, and government offices will be closed in view of the former prime minister’s last rites.  Top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have mourned Vajypayee’s death. Tributes have poured in from international leaders as well. Also Read - Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away: India Loses a Bharat Ratna