Vajpayee's ashes to be immersed in Haridwar today: BJP
New Delhi, Aug 18: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes will be immersed in various rivers across the country, starting with the Ganga at Haridwar tomorrow, the BJP said today.
The immersion ceremony at the holy city on Sunday will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat among others, BJP leader Bhupender Yadav told reporters here.
One of the most charismatic leaders in independent India, Vajpayee passed away here on Thursday at the age of 93. He was cremated with full State honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in the national capital yesterday.
Yadav said an all-party prayer meeting for the BJP stalwart will be held here on August 20 and another such meeting will be organised in Lucknow on August 23 since Vajpayee's appeal cut across political divide.
Apart from the home minister and Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Vajpayee's relatives will attend the Lucknow prayer meeting, he said, adding that the former prime minister's ashes will also be immersed in the Gomati river there.
The prayer meeting in Delhi will be attended by leaders from different political parties and noted citizens, Yadav said.
"His (Vajpayee's) ashes will be immersed in various sacred rivers across the country and the 'asthi kalash' taken to all the districts headquarters and state capitals. Prayer meetings will take place in the state capitals, district headquarters and at the panchayat level," he added.
Meanwhile, the saffron party also expressed solidarity with the people of Karala, who are bearing the brunt of torrential rains and floods, and said its workers will visit every household in the affected areas of the southern states as a part of the rehabilitation measures.
BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao said the state units of the party were collecting relief materials from across the country, while the units in the neighbouring states of Kerala were planning to send doctors' teams to the flood-hit state.
"The BJP is with the people of Karala," he said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the home minister had already announced an assistance of Rs 500 crore and Rs 100 crore respectively.
The prime minister, Rao said, had also appealed to the insurance companies to expedite the disbursement of compensations, including those towards crop insurance.