Vajpayee funeral: Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honours at Smriti Sthal

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of India’s most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together with a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics, passed away on Thursday (August 16). He was 93. Vajpayee, a bachelor, is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital where he was admitted June 11 with a variety of ailments.

Hundreds of people queued up here outside the residence of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee this morning to pay their last respects to the departed leader. Heavy security arrangements, including the deployment of police, traffic, and paramilitary personnel, were in place around the 6-A Krishna Menon Marg bungalow in the Lutyens Delhi. The government has announced seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect. In a circular, the Home Ministry also said national flag would be flown at half-mast from August 16 for seven days across India and a state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee. The last rites of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will take place at 4 pm on August 17 at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.

Here are some Updates on Vajpayee’s funeral:

5.00 pm Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honours at Smriti Sthal

4.53pm Gun salute accorded to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

4.47pm The last rites are being performed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Bhattacharya

4.31pm Tricolour wrapped around mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee handed over to his granddaughter Niharika

4.26pm Senior BJP leader LK Advani and BJP President Amit Shah pay last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

4.25pm Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lanka acting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella pay last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee


4.18pm Last salute accorded to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal

4.17pm President Ram Nath Kovind pays last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

4.09pm Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pay last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal

4.07pm PM Narendra Modi pays last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal

3.58pm Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee brought to Smriti Sthal for funeral

3.42PM Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrive at Smriti Sthal for the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

3.23pm Union Jack flies at half-mast at the British High Commission in New Delhi as a mark of respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

2.42pm Visuals of people gathered during the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

2.32pm Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken to Smriti Sthal for funeral


2.08 pm Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee embarks on final journey from the BJP headquarters to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal where he will be accorded a state funeral at 4 pm.

2.04pm Mulayam Singh Yadav pays tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP HQs

1.30 pm King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck pays tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP HQ

12.50 pm CM Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and AAP MP Sanjay Singh at BJP Headquarters

12.40pm He was an enormously important person who we have great respect for: Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India

12.35pm Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters

12.32pm BJP MP Hema Malini pays last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee


12.25 pm: Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali arrives in Delhi, he will attend the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12.20 pm: Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali arrives in Delhi, he will attend the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12.15 pm: Delhi: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family at the BJP Headquarters.

12.05 pm: Delhi: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.55 am: WATCH live from BJP Headquarters in Delhi: Party leaders pay last respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

11.50 am: Delhi: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.40 am: King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk arrives in Delhi, he will attend the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11.35 am: He wanted India to be everybody’s. He also wanted to strike up a friendship with Pakistan. Unfortunately he couldn’t see that. I hope that the current govt & Pakistan’s Imran Khan govt fulfill his dream, that will be a true tribute to him: Farooq Abdullah on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

11.30 am: Delhi: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.25 am: Delhi: DMK leader A Raja, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Manipur CM N Biren Singh pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.20 am: Delhi: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.20 am: Delhi: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.15 am: Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh pays last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.10 am: Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11.00 am: Delhi: The mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been brought to BJP Headquarters

10.55 am: Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit shah, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders at party headquarters Atal Bihari Vajpayee

10.45 am: Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Min PK Gyawal, Sri Lanka acting Foreign Min Lakshman Kiriella, Bangladesh Foreign Min Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali & Pak Law Min Ali Zafar will arrive in Delhi today to pay tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


10.40 am: Delhi High court & all District courts to function till 1 pm today. The competent authority has decided that there will be half-day holiday today to allow officials & staff to attend the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal.

10.00 am: Delhi: The mortal remains of former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee are being taken to BJP Headquarters.

9.55 am: Delhi: PM Narendra Modi arrives at BJP Headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg where mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be brought shortly.

8.55 am: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

8.55 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.


8.40 am: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

8.35 am: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

8.30 am: ‘Thaggu ke Laddu’ a sweet shop in Kanpur was often visited by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Owner says, ‘whenever BJP leaders in Kanpur used to go to meet him they would get laddoos packed for him. He loved food.’ (16.08.18)

8.25 am: Army Chief Bipin Rawat pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

8.15 am: Delhi police has made elaborate security arrangements for the last rites procession. It will be ensured that the people who come to pay last respect & the commuters face minimum inconvenience & that there is no compromise with security: Delhi DCP Madhur Verma

8.10 am: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

8.05 am: Javed Akhtar & Shabana Azmi arrive at former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence to pay last respects. Javed Akhtar says,’very rare that a politician is respected across party lines. People with different ideology have also come as they love him because he used to love all’

8.00 am: Kerala governor P. Sathasivam & Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit pay tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

7.30 am: Trucks which will be a part of the convoy in which former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains will be taken to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters & for funeral.

7.10 am: The American people and I stand with the people of India as we mourn Prime Minister Vajpayee’s passing. Today, we hold the people of India in our thoughts and prayer: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement

7.00 am: On behalf of DMK our leader MK Stalin has come here to pay his respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I recall how certain forces wanted to dismiss the DMK govt & Vajpayee ji stood his ground on democratic principles & said he will never do it: Dayanidhi Maran, DMK in Delhi

6.55 am: DMK leaders MK Stalin & Kanimozhi pay tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

6.50 am: Lakshman Kiriella, acting minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka will attend former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral.

6.45 am: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

6.30 am: Mumbai: Lights of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station (CMST) to remain off today as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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