ITANAGAR/PASIGHAT, Aug 24: The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday immersed at Parsuram Kund, the holy place in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh.
En route to Parshuram Kund, the helicopter carrying the ashes made stopover at Pasighat Airport in the morning and the ashes were displayed there for general public and leaders and workers of the party.
Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein accompanied by Art and Culture Minister Dr Mohesh Chai, BJP state unit president Tapir Gao, general secretaries Jarpum Gamlin and Lelong Lingfa and Secretary Sange Thungon along with civil and police officials immersed the ashes in the Kund after performing puja and all-religion prayer. Also, guard of honour was given.
Earlier, the urn containing the asthi was kept at Pasighat Advance Landing Ground (ALG) for half an hour enroute to Parsuram Kund for public to pay homage.
“His contribution to North East was immense which is now evident in the region be it in the form of PMGSY or in the science and technology sector,” Mein said adding, all the politicians should follow his principles and ideology.
Recalling the contribution of Vajpayee to the North East, Mein said that during his (Vajpayees) tenure as the prime minister, a special package was prepared for the region.
Remembering the days spent with the former prime minister, Gao said that Vajpayee was an inspiration for all and a disciplined person.
“Whenever I met him, he used to ask me about Arunachal, though at that time we had no BJP government in the state. He used to motivate us to continue to work for the people,” Gao added.
Earlier, on Thursday, Gao brought the asthi from New Delhi and was kept at the party office for the party leaders to pay their last respect before it was taken to Dorjee Khandu Convention Hall here, where along with governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. BD Mishra and chief minister Pema Khand along with thousands of people including leaders from all political parties paid tributes.