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New Delhi, Aug 17: Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral will be held today at 4 PM at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in Delhi. 93-year-old Vajpayee, who had faded from public life for more than a decade following health complications, breathed his last at 5.05 PM on Thursday. Vajpayee’s funeral procession will begin at 1 PM and his last rites will be performed at 4 PM at Smriti Sthal. We will be following Atal Bihari’s funeral, stay with us to catch the latest news updates. Also Read - 'Are Doctors in Govt Hospitals Not Good Enough?' Asks Twitter After Amit Shah Gets Admitted to a Private Hospital

His body was brought at his residence at Krishna Menon Marg. From 8 AM, the BJP leaders and workers began paying their tributes. Around 9 AM, his mortal remains will be brought to BJP headquarters at 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg. His funeral procession will begin at 1 PM and the last rites will be performed at 4 PM at Smriti Sthal, BJP President Amit Shah had said. Also Read - 'Wonder Why Home Minister Didn't go to AIIMS', Asks Tharoor After Shah Chooses Private Hospital For COVID Treatment

Vajpayee was admitted to the hospital on June 11. Vajpayee was said to be stable for the last nine weeks but his health suffered a setback on Sunday and worsened on Wednesday. “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support system. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today,” the statement said. Also Read - AIIMS Doctors Remove 20-cm Knife From Man's Liver After He Swallows it in a Rare Surgery

Several roads, especially in central Delhi, schools, including the private ones, and government offices will be closed for the public in view of the former Prime Minister’s last rites. “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 & the commuters face minimum inconvenience & that there is no compromise with security,” Delhi DCP Madhur Verma told news agency ANI.