Haridwar: A part of ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari vajpayee were immersed in River Ganga in Uttarakhand's Haridwar on Sunday. The rest of the ashes will be immersed in rivers across the country in the next few days.
Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita immersed his ashes at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar.
Several leaders including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, chief ministers of other states and BJP president Amit Shah were present during the ritual in Haridwar.
Haridwar: Late #AtalBihariVajpayee's daughter Namita immerses his ashes at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah also present. #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/De5ylkKCbY— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
#WATCH: Late #AtalBihariVajpayee's daughter Namita immerses his ashes in Ganga river at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar. Granddaughter Niharika, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah also present. #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/ETBCsAF3Dp— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
An Asthi Kalash Yatra was taken out in the holy city, following which the ashes were immersed. Vajpayee passed away at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi on Thursday at the age of 93. He was cremated with full state honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in the national capital on Friday.
Meanwhile, an 'Atal Asthi Kalash Yatra' will be taken out by the Yogi Adityanath government across Uttar Pradesh on Monday to immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said the three-day-long yatra will begin from the Uttar Pradesh BJP office in Lucknow on Monday and will end with the final immersion of Vajpayee's ashes in the Gomri river in Lucknow on Thursday.
BJP will invite religious heads of all faiths and leaders of all political parties to the event, he said.
The 20 ‘asthi kalashes’ (pots containing the ashes) will be kept for darshan at the UP BJP office since the previous evening. A state minister and senior office-bearers of the ruling party will take out the Kalash Yatra.
“We have decided to immerse the ashes in 20 different rivers – from Ganga to Saryu and Yamuna to Hindon,” Pandey said.
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat will be present at the immersion event in Haridwar on Sunday.