New Delhi, Aug 17: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday released a notification stating that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes will be immersed in rivers in all the districts. News agency ANI reported that his ashes will be spread in all rivers including Ganga, Yamuna, and Tapti, to respect his grand stature. Also Read - EU Provides €1.65 Million Humanitarian Aid to Support Flood Victims of Bangladesh, India, Nepal
The UP government put out a list of 75 districts and the small and big rivers picked for the immersion of the ashes of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader who was cremated in New Delhi today. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records Over 60,000 Cases For Fourth Straight Day; Total Tally Crosses 2.2 Million, Deaths Near 45K
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced this was being done because Uttar Pradesh was Vajpayee’s `karmabhoomi’ – the land of action – and its people will get an opportunity to be part of his final journey. Vajpayee represented the state’s national capital in the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms. He was elected from the Lucknow constituency in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s city unit will organise a condolence meeting on August 21, when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the current MP from Lucknow, and other leaders will pay homage to Vajpayee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted “Atal Ji, you will live on in the hearts and minds of every Indian. No words can ever do justice to your rich contribution towards the making of our country”.
Vajpayee, who passed away at AIIMS at the age of 93, was cremated on Friday with full state honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where people turned out in the tens of thousands to pay tribute. Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led political leaders cutting across party lines and foreign dignitaries in bidding adieu to the departed leader.