Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, handed over former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes, to all state chiefs of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for immersion in rivers across the country.
The handover of urns, containing the former prime minister's ashes, took place at an event at the BJP headquarters, in the Indian capital, which was attended by several senior party leaders and ministers, as well as, family members of Vajpayee's.
The party will form rallies in almost all states across India, and then immerse the ashes in as many rivers as possible, as a mark of respect to Vajpayee, sources said.
Vajpayee, the three-time Indian prime minister, died at a hospital in Delhi, on Aug 16, at the age of 93, after prolonged illness, and was cremated with full state honours on Aug 17.
The former Indian prime minister, also a poet, was elected to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament), from Uttar Pradesh's capital, Lucknow, five times -- 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
He was loved by almost all Indian politicians, cutting across party lines.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK