Chennai: BJP leaders including Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and party state president Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday evening brought the ‘kalasam’ (urn) containing the ashes of
former Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee to the city to be kept at party state headquarters – Kamalalayam, for homage, and subsequent immersion on
The urns containing the ashes were handed over to the state leaders by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, in New Delhi earlier in the day.
From the airport here, the BJP leaders took the ashes of Bharat Ratna Vajpayee, in a procession to Kamalalayam, for homage on Thursday by the members of the public, leaders of various parties and BJP members.
Towards the evening, the BJP leaders will take the ashes to Kanyakumari, Rameswaram, Madurai, Tiruchi, Bhavani in Erode and Adyar river in Chennai.
The ashes will be taken in a procession and immersed simultaneously at all the six places on Aug. 26, at 11 am.
While Dr Tamilisai would lead the 'Asthi Kalash yatra' in Chennai, Mr. Pon Radhakrishnan will lead the procession in Kanyakumari, party MP L. Ganesan in Tiruchi, national secretary H. Raja in Rameswaram, national executive committee member C. P. Radhakrishnan in Erode and former state president K. N. Lakshmanan in Madurai.