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Vajpayee raised politics beyond party lines, says Akhilesh

The last rites for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were performed by his foster daughter Namita Bhattarcharya at Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna with full state honours on Friday evening.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2018 23:38 IST
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In an emotional tweet, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav shared a picture of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee attending his marriage.(Akhilesh Yadav/Twitter)

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday paid tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, praising him for his politics which transcended party lines and never compromised on his principles, attaching a photo of the former Prime Minister attending his marriage.

“The late Atal ji elevated politics beyond party lines, taught how to remain true to one’s party’s principles and personal philosophy, restored politics to the correct path whenever it strayed and gave the lesson of friendship with other nations. His passing will leave both the political and literary worlds poorer,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in a tweet.

He also attached photos of him paying his last respects to the BJP stalwart, who passed away in New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Thursday, as well one of then prime minister Vajpayee attending his marriage to Dimple Yadav in November 1999.

The last rites for Vajpayee were performed by his foster daughter Namita Bhattarcharya at Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna with full state honours on Friday evening.

Vajpayee was cremated a little after 4:30pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked along the carriage that carried his mortal remains over 4km from the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg to Smriti Sthal.

BJP president Amit Shah and other senior party leaders too joined the procession. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran LK Advani, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and others laid wreaths as they paid their last respects.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shanker Prasad, Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Nitin Gadkari, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Samjawadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav were among the political leaders, cutting across party lines at the spot.

First Published: Aug 17, 2018 20:03 IST