Ranchi/Lucknow Aug 18:
The ashes of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed in the rivers of Jharkhand, a state BJP official said here on Saturday.
The announcement came after Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday night held a meeting with officials and ministers in New Delhi.
"In the meeting it was decided that the former leader's ashes will be immersed in the rivers of the state by organising a Kalash Yatra which will move across every district," Deepak Prakash, the Vice President for the Bharatiya Janata Party's Jharkhand unit, told IANS.
"As per plan, the ashes will be immersed in the Ganga, Swaranrekha, Damodar, Koel Karo and Kharkai rivers," he added.
Vajpayee had created three states including Jharkhand in 2000. Officials have been directed to plan a route map and also fix a date.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes will also be immersed in rivers in all the districts in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has said. The UP government put out a list of 75 districts and the small and big rivers picked for the immersion of the ashes of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader who was cremated in New Delhi.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced this was being done because Uttar Pradesh was Vajpayee's `karmabhoomi' - the land of action - and its people will get an opportunity to be part of his final journey.
Vajpayee represented the state's national capital in the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms. He was elected from the Lucknow constituency in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's city unit will organise a condolence meeting on August 21, when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the current MP from Lucknow, and other leaders will pay homage to Vajpayee.
On a visit to the city on August 5, Rajnath Singh had hailed Vajpayee for setting in flow a Vikaas ki Ganga' - a river of development - in Lucknow.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid also paid tributes to Vajpayee while addressing a symposium in the city on 'Transforming Urban Landscape'.
There is a very close relationship between our mission (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation-AMRUT) and Lucknow city. Lucknow has been the 'karmabhoomi' of 'mahapurush' Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he had said.
A local BJP leader has demanded that winter shelters for the poor people across the state should also be named after Vajpayee.
Starting with Haridwar on Aug 19, the same ritual, thereafter, will be performed in 100 other "sacred rivers" of the country.
News24 Bureau/ Agencies