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Narendra Modi, Amit Shah at Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey
The final journey of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has begun. Sea of people has swarmed the roads with teary-eyed men and women, young and old jostling to catch a last glimpse of their leader, who lies in state on a decorated gun carriage. Many are chanting slogans, thousands are sprinkling rose petals on their leader, who is no more. The cadaver was taken out from the newly built Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters, the walls of which saw Vajpayee for the first and the last time. The glass coffin, draped in India's flag, is passing through Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, the road named after the BJP's founder, whom Vajpayee revered.
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Narendra Modi at Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah are following their leader through the lanes and bylanes of Darya Ganj leading up to Rajghat, on which Vajpayee once moved with protocol every year, precisely around this time- while going to the Red Fort to address the nation on Independence Day, from 1998 to 2003.
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Sea of mourners bid adieu to Vajpayee
People have queued up on both sides of the road with their warmth beating the humidity of 2:30 PM. The final rites will be held at 4:00 PM at Smriti Sthal, a large piece of land with manicured grass behind the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey pics
Earlier in the day, the mortal remains of India's 10th Prime Minister were brought from his residence at Krishna Menon Marg to the party office, where scores of people, leaders as well as common men, turned up to pay floral tributes.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey images
King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk arrived in the morning to attend the funeral, followed by Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey stills
Sri Lanka's acting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella also reached India.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's final journey pictures
Pakistan's acting Law and Information Minister Ali Zafar is also expected to arrive in the national capital to pay homage to the 'Gentle Giant' Vajpayee.