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Atal laid to rest at Smriti Sthal with full state honours

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

New Delhi: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi today.

The late politician’s adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya lit the funeral pyre and the BJP stalwart was given a gun salute.

Earlier the mortal remain of Vajpayee was shifted from his residence to the BJP headquarters this morning, where scores of politicians paid tribute to the late leader through the day.

Later his body was brought to Smriti Sthal amid lakhs of mourners with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah walking beside the flower decked gun carriage.

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday evening after battling with prolonged illness at AIIMS, New Delhi. He was 93. He is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya.

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