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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.

Bharat Ratna Vajpayee no more: List of states which have declared holiday todayBharat Ratna Vajpayee no more: List of states which have declared holiday today

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.

Last rites of Vajpayee to be performed at 4 pm today, govt declares 7 day mourningLast rites of Vajpayee to be performed at 4 pm today, govt declares 7 day mourning

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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