New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders handed urns of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to party presidents from across the country at a function, on Wednesday. Further, the party presidents will immerse ashes of Atal ji in rivers across the country. The party will also carry out yatras with urns of Atal ji in all districts and immerse those in rivers across the country.

The BJP said since all party workers and people across the country want to pay tributes to Vajpayee, it has decided to take out ‘asthi kalash yatras’ in all states. Processions will start from state capitals and will pass through all blocks, the BJP said, adding the ashes of the BJP stalwart will be immersed in rivers across the country.

A similar procession was taken out in Haridwar on August 19, where Shah along with Union minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Uttrakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh were present to bid farewell to the departed leader.

Later, the ashes were immersed in the Ganga river by Vajpayee’s family members and BJP leaders.

The former prime minister died in the national capital on August 16 at the age of 93. His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital, where he was admitted on June 11 with a variety of ailments.

His mortal remains were consigned to the flames at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi the next day.

(with PTI inputs)