Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies: The state funeral for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away at the age of 93 on August 16 at 5:05 pm, will take place on August 17 (Friday) at Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. The Central government has announced a 7-day state mourning throughout India and has also called for half-holiday in the afternoon on the day of the funeral in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country as well as Delhi government offices.

During the 7-day country-wide mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India where it’s regularly flown. Ahead of Vajpayee’s funeral, BJP president Amit Shah is overseeing all arrangements. He had also spent last 36 hours in AIIMS. Amit Shah was Vajpayee’s poll agent in 1996 when he fought from Gujarat.

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains were brought to his residence in New Delhi where politicians across party lines are paying homage to him. Those who visited Vajpayee’s residence include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, veteran Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, and other leaders.

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Mourning the death of BJP stalwart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at Vajpayee’s residence on Thursday evening said that Atalji was a father figure to him. Vajpayee’s death is an irreplaceable loss for him and his death has left a void in his life.

Paying tribute to the former Prime Minister, veteran Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said, “I’m deeply saddened by the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was a towering figure in our national life. Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values & demonstrated this commitment in all his acts whether as a parliamentarian, a cabinet minister or PM.”

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