Vajpayee ashes to be immersed in 6 places in TN

Vajpayee ashes to be immersed in 6 places in TN

BJP state President Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Tuesday that the ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed at six locations in Tamil Nadu, including river Cauvery, on August 26.

Speaking to PTI, she said they would also be immersed in the Kaveri at Srirangam, besides Vaigai and Bhavani rivers in Madurai and Erode respectively.

She will bring the funerary urn to Chennai from New Delhi today and it will be taken in a procession to the party office Kamalalayam in T Nagar.

Vajpayee died last week and his death was mourned by almost all leaders and people of Tamil Nadu.

Leaders from Tamil Nadu, including governor Banwarilal Purohit, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam, opposition leader and DMK working president M K Stalin and DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi among others went to Delhi to pay tributes to the mortal remains of Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday.

Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued an order declaring Friday as a holiday for educational institutions, state government offices and undertakings owned by the government as a mark of respect to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In a statement, Purohit said Vajpayee was an outstanding statesman, a great orator and a role model for politicians and poets.

He added: “A great son of Mother India is no more. But his service to the people of India as the Prime Minister of the nation, memories of his speeches in Parliament and outside, and his qualities of tolerance and magnanimity will live on forever.”

In his message, Palaniswami said Vajpayee was an able administrator and was also an excellet speaker who was interested in literature. Vajpayee’s death is a great loss to the nation and to the BJP, he added.