7-Day National Mourning To Be Observed After Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Death

7-Day National Mourning To Be Observed After Atal Bihari Vajpayee

7-Day National Mourning To Be Observed After Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Death

New Delhi: The former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93. A seven day mourning has been observed in the honour of Mr Vajpayee. During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India.

The legendary leader had been on life-support since Wednesday night. According to the hospital,  Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition worsened over the past 24 hours. He was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. In 1962, mr. Vajpayee debuted in parliament, after being elected to the Rajya Sabha. He won an election, 9 years later. He was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times.

On Friday, the former prime minister will be accorded a state funeral.

BJP President Amit Shah Said "At 9 am tomorrow his mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters and at 1 pm his last journey will begin. Funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal"

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In a formal announcement made by the home  about Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death, did not declare a public holiday. Later,  an exception was made to the precedent by  union cabinet under which a holiday is only announced on the death of a sitting prime minister or president.

States like, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Odisha have, however, announced a public holiday for Friday as a mark of respect to the former prime minister who was considered one of the country's most respected politicians.

 

 The union cabinet  decided to close government offices in the Delhi, on Friday afternoon. According to officials,  it had been decided to give half-day holiday on Friday afternoon, the day of the funeral.

Mr Vajpayee served thrice as the Prime Minister of India. His first term lasted for 13 days first for a term of 13 days in 1996, next term was for a period of eleven months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1998 to 2004.

India's 10th PM, Mr Vajpayee was the founding member of Bharatiya Jana Sangh which he also headed from 1968 to 1972. He was the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Due to health concerns, he retired from active politics.

Mr Vajpayee was not just a great leader, but a legendary poet too.In 2014, He recieved India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India. In 2014, the Modi government announced that Vajpayee's birthday, 25 December, would be marked as Good Governance Day.

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