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To build memorial for Vajpayee, NDA to scrap 2013 UPA law

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    New Delhi, Aug 17: In honour of Bharat Ratna, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the government has decided to construct a separate samadhi cum memorial on the banks of Yamuna near Rajghat in New Delhi.

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    In 2013, while citing paucity of land, the UPA government had passed a law calling for the construction of a Rashtriya Samithi or common memorial for all former Prime Ministers of India who did not have memorials of their own.

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    In order to build a memorial for Vajpayee, the 2013 law will have to be overturned. Sources tell OneIndia that the Cabinet would take a decision to overturn this law when it meets next. The source said that a memorial would come up near the Rajghat and the law would be scrapped in order to facilitate this.

    The government has announced a 7 day mourning from August 16 to 22. The flag will fly at half mast and Vajpayee will be accorded a state funeral, the government has also decided.

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    Memorials in Delhi:

    • Mahatma Gandhi- Rajghat
    • Jawaharlal Nehru-Shanti Vana
    • Indira Gandhi-Shakti Sthal
    • Lal Bahadur Shastri- Vijay Ghat
    • Jagjivan Ram- Samta Sthal
    • Choudhary Charan Singh- Kisan Ghat
    • Rajiv Gandhi- Veer Bhumi
    • Giani Zail Singh- Ekta Sthal
    • Shankar Dayal Sharma- Karma Bhumi
    • Devi Lal- Sangharsh Shal
    • P V Narasimha Rao- P V Ghat
    • Chandra Shekhar- Jannayak Sthal
    • I K Gujral- Smriti Sthal

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