New Delhi, Aug 17: Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s final journey to the heavenly abode has begun. His mortal remains have been brought to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters where the party leaders have been paying their last respects to the former Prime Minister of India. Vajpayee’s funeral procession will begin at 1 PM and he will finally be laid to rest at 4 PM at the Smriti Sthal in Delhi. Zee News is running live streaming of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral and last rites. You can watch the online streaming of Vajpayee’s funeral procession and last rites here. Click here to catch live news updates of Vajpayee’s funeral. Also Read - Former Union Minister Arjun Charan Sethi Passes Away at 79 in Odisha
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, were taken to the BJP headquarters here on Friday for the people to pay their last respects to the departed leader. The body in a flower-decked casket was carried in a hearse to 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg headquarters. Also Read - National Technology Day: PM Modi Remembers the Historic Pokhran Test, Hails Indian Scientists & Engineers
Vajpayee, who passed away at the AIIMS here on Thursday evening at the age of 93, will be cremated at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat in the national capital at 4 PM. Also Read - 'Aao, Phir se Diya Jalaein', PM Modi Shares Vajpayee's Iconic Poem Day After '9-Minute Blackout' Call
A seven-day state mourning has been announced as a mark of respect for the former Prime Minister. Delhi government offices, schools and institutions have been closed. Delhi Police on Friday said they have made elaborate security arrangements in the city in view of the final journey and funeral ceremony of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.