Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Imphal River

Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Imphal River
Manipur CM N Biren Singh immerging a portion of ashes of former PM AB Vajpayee in Imphal River in Imphal on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 23 | Publish Date: 8/23/2018 12:33:01 PM IST

Ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were immersed in Manipur’s Imphal River after paying state level homage and floral tributes on Thursday.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren Singh led the people in paying homage and floral tributes to the former Prime Minister in Imphal’s City Convention Centre, Palace Compound.

Earlier, the urn containing the ashes of the former Prime Minister arrived at Imphal Airport from Delhi at around 12.30 pm. 

From the BJP office, the urn was taken to Imphal City Convention Centre with a procession where a state level public prayer was held.

Addressing the gathering for prayer, the Governor said that paying tribute to the former Prime Minister would be meaningful only when people follow his path – the path of true democracy and tender heart.

The Governor said, “I think if we really want to pay tribute to him, we should follow his path to serve the nation without any expectation. He died without any property or land.” Heptulla remembered her long association with the former Prime Minister especially when she was the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha. 

Chief minister N Biren Singh, in his speech, remembered late Vajpayee as a warm hearted leader and a Parliamentarian, who never differentiated people on the basis of caste, creed, rich or poor and opposition or ruling parties.

Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand, cabinet ministers, MLAs, senior politicians, high ranking civil and police officers and a large number of people attended the prayer meeting and paid floral tribute to the photograph of Vajpayee.

PTI Adds: Ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were Thursday simultaneously immersed in the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers in Assam’s Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Dhubri and Silchar.

Amidst recital of all faith prayers, one of the urns was taken in a specially prepared boat for immersion of the ashes in the midst of Brahmaputra with vedic rites by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass and other senior party leaders.

The immersion took place in the Brahmaputra adjacent to Lachit ghat in Guwahati with “Atalji Amar rahe” slogan ranting the air.

The four urns containing the ashes of Bharat Ratna Vajpayee were brought to Assam yesterday by Dass from New Delhi after receiving them from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah at a function in Delhi on August 21.

After being kept overnight in BJP state headquarters office at Hengrabari here,the urns were placed in the opposite Karbi Field for people to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister.

The procession to immerse the ashes in Guwahati began at around 1 pm passing through R G Baruah Road, Chandmari and Latasil playground where the urn, received by Chief Minister Sonowal at the Airport from Dass and taken on a specially decorated truck, was kept for people to pay homage to the departed leader who had passed away on August 16 in Delhi.

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