Centre announces 7-day state mourning over Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death

New Delhi: After the demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday at 5.05pm, the Central Government announced seven day state mourning throughout India.

During this period the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where its regularly flown. State funeral will also be accorded, reports news agency ANI.

After his death, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be taken to his residence shortly where people would be able to pay their tribute to the late former PM.

On Friday, the mortal remains will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi for last tributes, reports news agency ANI.

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS since June 11 for urinary tract infection, kidney tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

The BJP also cancelled its National Executive meeting which was scheduled to be held on August 18-19.

Delhi, Bihar and UP govt also declared a holiday. All school, colleges and offices will remain close in the two states on Friday.

“Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is ‘ajatshatru’ of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum,” said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

Cutting across party lines, leaders from different parties condoled the death of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the country had lost a great son who was respected by millions. Meanwhile, the PM Modi poured out his emotions in a series of tweet over the demise of the leader who died at the age of 93 at Delhi’s AIIMS on Thursday.