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Atal Behari Vajpayee

With Congress still a force to reckon with in the state when he parachuted into politics in 1997, Naveen, as the head of the breakaway faction of the erstwhile Janata Dal, Naveen struck an alliance with the BJP to come to power. Seen here with Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the foundation stone laying ceremony of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar in 2003

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In this file photo, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 42nd President of United States Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton, and India’s tenth President KR Narayanan pose for a group photo, during the ceremonial reception of the US President in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (center in saffron robes) with Union minister NS Tomar, Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel and others at the unveiling of a statue of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Vindhyachal, Mirzapur.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs parikarma while paying tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal, in Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as Governor Anandiben Patel, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others look on, during the unveiling of a bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others after unveiling a bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after unveiling a bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his newly unveiled statue at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow.

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Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi presents a statue of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during a function to celebrate former prime minister's birth anniversay, in Patna.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pays floral tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in Patna.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Speaker OM Birla and others leaves after paying tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary in the Central Hall of Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with senior BJP leader L K Advani after paying floral tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary in the Central Hall of Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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BJP Working President J P Nadda along with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and other leaders releases a book during "A Tribute to Atal Ji" programme on eve of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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People pay tributes to former prime minister A B Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, with Home Minister Amit Shah at a function to pay tributes on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind (R) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchange greetings with veteran BJP leader L K Advani after paying tributes to former prime minister A B Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to former prime minister AB Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind (C), Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla attend prayer meeting at Sadaiv Atal, the memorial of former prime minister A B Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Namita Kaul, daughter of Atal Bihari Vajpayee with her family members and others pays tributes to former prime minister AB Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and others pay tributes to former prime minister AB Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind pays tributes to former prime minister A B Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to former prime minister AB Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Police personnel discuss about the security arrangements at Lok Bhawan ahead of the inauguration of a bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to mark his birth anniversary, in Lucknow. The statue will be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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In this undated image Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen at the left of the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee while attending the India-Russia Summit of November 2001. "While participating in the 20th India-Russia Summit, my mind also went back to the India-Russia Summit of November 2001 when Atal Ji was PM", PM Modi tweeted.

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In this undated image Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen behind the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the India-Russia Summit of November 2001. "While participating in the 20th India-Russia Summit, my mind also went back to the India-Russia Summit of November 2001 when Atal Ji was PM", PM Modi tweeted.

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Municipal Corporation workers change the name of Hazratganj Chauraha to Atal Chowk, on the first anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in Lucknow.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu felicitates unveils the portrait of late former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in Kolkata.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses after unveiling the portrait of late former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in Kolkata.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary, at Pokhran, in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary, at Pokhran, in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.

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BJP worker pay tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary, in Bikaner.

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BJP National Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses after paying tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at BJP State headquarters, in Bhopal.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath pays floral tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary, at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow. UP Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma are also seen.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP working president JP Nadda and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh attend prayer meeting to pay tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul (L) with her family members pays tributes at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP's working president J P Nadda arrive to pay tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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BJP working president J P Nadda pays tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP working president J P Nadda pays tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his memorial, Sadaiv Atal, on his first death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen then prime minister A B Vajpayee being offered sweets by then parliamentary affairs minister Sushma Swaraj during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi. BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

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In this file photo dated Dec 17, 2003, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Sheila Dikshit is seen with then prime minister A.B. Vajpayee. Former Delhi chief minister Dikshit passed away at the age of 81, in New Delhi

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates Atal Smurti Garden, in Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders during pay tribute to BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, ahead of former's swearing-in ceremony as the prime minister for the second consecutive term, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah arrive to pay tribute to BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, ahead of former's swearing-in ceremony as prime minister for the second consecutive term, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, before being sworn in as the prime minister for the second consecutive term, in New Delhi. BJP President Amit Shah is also seen.

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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Namita Kaul Bhattacharya foster daughter of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the unveiling of a life-size portrait of the latter at the Central Hall of Parliament House, in New Delhi

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In this file photo, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes and Mamata Banerjee look on during a meeting of the NDA in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, George Fernandes, L.K. Advani, Vajpayee and other NDA alliance leaders in ’03.

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In this file photo, Vajpayee, centre, George Fernandes, L.K. Advani and other NDA alliance leaders in ’03.

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File photo, Defence mininster George Fernandes with Vajpayee and Kalam at the Pokhran Test site, ’98

BJP President Amit Shah arrives to immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar, Sunday, Aug 19, 2018.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, other leaders and general public participate in the last journey of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi on Friday, Aug 17, 2018.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah and party leader Rajnath Singh attends a prayer ('shanti path') before handing over of the ashes ('Asthi Kalash') of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to all BJP state presidents for immersion in their respective states, at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with UP Dy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and others lays the foundation stone of projects worh Rs.168 crores to mark the 94th birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Kudiya Ghaat in Lucknow.

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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries attend the Sarva Dharma Prarthana Sabha, at Sadaiv Atal, Rajghat, on the occasion of the former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee birth anniversary, Delhi.

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The Rs 100 commemorative coin which was released in the memory of the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the eve of his birth anniversary, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 94th birth anniversary, in New Delhi. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases a commemorative coin in the honour of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP Senior leader L K Advani are also seen.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's grand-daughter Niharika immerses his ashes into the Beas River near Manali.

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Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari with other leaders immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee in the Yamuna River at Sonia Vihar, in East Delhi.

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People pay tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his 'Ashthi Kalash Yatra', at Paharganj in New Delhi.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with BJP leaders immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Sabarmati River, in Ahmedabad.

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West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with state BJP President Dilip Ghosh (R) and party leader Rahul Sinha (L) pay their respects ahead of immersion of ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in Kolkata.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das pays floral tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Ranchi.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal pays floral tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes are taken for immersion at Bahadurgarh, in Jhajjar.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje carries the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for immersion in Pushkar Sarovar and Chambal river, in Jaipur.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur offers floral tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during an all-party meeting, at Ridge in Shimla.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan carries the ashes of fomer Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be immersed in River Narmada, in Bhopal.

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People pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes are brought to be immersed in River Narmada, in Bhopal.

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MoS for PMO Jitendra Singh and MLA Ravinder Raina immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Har Ki Pauri, in Jammu.

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MoS for PMO Jitendra Singh pays floral tribute to as the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee are taken for immersion in River Tawi, in Jammu.

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BJP state President Nityamnand Rai and Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi take the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for immersion in River Ganga, in Patna.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi after paying tribute to the ashes ('Asthi Kalash') of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, before their distribution to all BJP state presidents for immersion in their respective states, at the party headquarters in New Delhi. BJP President Amit Shah, party leaders Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Vajpayee's foster son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya are also seen.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief MInister Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at a condolence meeting for him in Bhopal.

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Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and others leaders during pays tribute to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at an all party condolence meeting, in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani pays tribute to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at an all party condolence meeting organized for him, in Ahmedabad.

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh along with his Cabinet colleagues observes a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, before presiding over a Cabinet meeting in Chandigarh.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses an all party condolence meeting organised for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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BJP President Amit Shah addresses an all party condolence meeting organised for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an all party condolence meeting organised for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya at an all party condolence meeting organised for him, in New Delhi.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (R) with senior BJP leader L K Advani during an all party condolence meeting organised for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader LK Advani addresses an all party condolence meeting organised for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader LK Advani interacts with family members of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at an all party condolence meeting organised for him, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at an all party condolence meeting organised for him, in New Delhi.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar. Also seen are BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya and BJP President Amit Shah arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya takes his ashes for immersion in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other dignitaries arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya and other dignitaries arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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A procession rally to immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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The Indian national flag flies at half mast following the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya consoles her daughter Niharika Bhattacharya during his cremation with full state honour, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP President Amit Shah and BJP veteran LK Advani look on as Niharika Bhattacharya, grand-daughter of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, carries the Tricolour during Vajpayee's cremation with full state honour, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and representatives of SAARC countries attend the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cremation with full state honour, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and other governors during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cremation with full state honour, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Dy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other dignitaries during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cremation with full state honour, at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi.

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