Vajpayees ashes will be immersed in various rivers of the country beginning from Haridwar on Sunday.
Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika collected the ashes from Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.
The former prime minister’s ashes are being taken by road to Prem Ashram, then to Har-ki-Pauri in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar for immersion.The ashes were carried in three urns .
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat will attend Vajpayee’s immersion ceremony in Haridwar .
After Haridwar, Vajpayee’s ashes will be immersed in all the holy rivers of Uttar Pradesh, including Ganga, Yamuna and Tapti. It will be to respect his grand stature, the state government had announced on Friday.
Earlier,Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath had said that Uttar Pradesh is Vajpayee’s workplace and by immersing his ashes in all the rivers across the state, people will get a chance to be a part of his last rites.
Vajpayee breathed his last on Thursday evening. The 10th prime minister of India was cremated on Friday with full state honour at Smriti Sthal in the national capital.
The former prime minister of India, whose ancestral home is at Bateshwar in Agra, died at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness.