Vajpayee funeral: Modi surprised all by walking through 4 km with procession

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be cremated on Friday with full state honours in central’s Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna, the designated spot for the last rites of presidents, vice-presidents and prime ministers.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of India’s most-admired politicians. His funeral was taken on a journey today through the streets of Delhi with a sea of people following the procession.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has earlier said while expressing his grief that “it’s like a losing a father” surprised all by walking through the entire four-km stretch along the glass casket which was taken on a military vehicle to the funeral ground on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Prime Minister was separated from the crowd for security reasons by a ring of security personnel and policemen.

People on twitter hailed Modi’s decision to walk along side the three-time former prime minister who died yesterday after a long illness.

Here are some tweets showing showers of loving responses from Twitteratis to PM Modi and Atal ji.