Daughter Lit Vajpayee's Funeral Pyre

Fri Aug 17 2018 19:48:04 GMT+0530 (IST)

None other than Namita Bhattacharya lit the funeral pyre of her Father & former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Rashtriya Smrithi Sthal in New Delhi on Friday. Usually, Funeral Pyre would be lit by the Male Member in the family. This is how the Statesman sent a strong message to the society.

Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika broke down into tears when the mortal remains went up in smoke.

Thousands of people can be found along the 7-km stretch leading to the funeral site. Indian Army performed 21-gun salute when Namita Bhattacharya lit the pyre. 'Atal Bihari Vajpayee Amar Rahe' slogan resonated at the place.

President Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, LK Advani, Amit Shah, Former PM Manmohan Singh, Union Ministers were present for the funeral.