GUWAHATI, Aug 23 - The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently, were immersed as per customary rituals in various parts of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers today.
The immersion of ashes took place in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Dhubri in the Brahmaputra. The ashes were also immersed in the Barak river in Silchar.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ranjeet Kumar Dass along with various top leaders of the ruling party took part in the immersion at the Lachit Ghat of the Brahmaputra here. A specially-prepared boat was used for the immersion of the ashes in the Brahmaputra in Guwahati.
Earlier, the four urns containing the ashes of the former Prime Minister were received by the Chief Minister on Wednesday at the LGBI airport here. After being kept overnight at the BJP party headquarters here, three of the urns were taken to Dibrugarh, Dhubri and Silchar by State ministers Topon Gogoi, Bhabesh Kalita and Parimal Suklabaidya respectively.
The procession to immerse the ashes began around 1 pm in Guwahati which passed through the RG Baruah Road, MRD Road and the GNB Road to reach Latasil playground where people paid homage to the departed leader. The Guwahati Bihu Sanmilni also paid their last respect at the Latasil playground.
The procession, after a brief halt, headed towards the Lachit Ghat after which the ashes were immersed in the river by the Chief Minister and other senior party leaders.