Bhubaneswar : Hundreds of people congregated in the pilgrim city of Puri where the ashes of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was immersed in Mahodadhi (sea) today.

Odisha BJP unit president Basant Panda and union minister Dharmendra Pradhan immersed the ashes into the sea following rituals on the beach.

The urn (Asthi Kalash) containing the ashes of BJP patriarch reached Bhubaneswar yesterday evening and were kept at BJP headquarters for public ‘darshan.’ The urn was taken to Puri from the party headquarters in a truck decorated with flowers in a grand procession today morning.

According to sources, an all-party meeting will be organised on August 24 in Bhubaneswar in memory of the great leader and the party is likely to invite Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik to the meeting.

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