Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in unknown river in Dimapur

Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in unknown river in Dimapur
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Dimapur, August 27: Amidst protests from different tribal organizations, the BJP Nagaland today immersed the ashes of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in an unknown river, after their scheduled plans to immerse the ashes in Dhansiri river also met with protest early morning.
While BJP leaders in the state are still tight lipped on the river where immersion took place today, the state BJP chief Temjen Imna Along Longkumer talked to a national daily, The Hindu and disclosed that the immersion was performed quietly in an unnamed river in Dimapur district without hurting the sentiments of anyone.
Protests outside the BJP’s office in Dimapur, the State’s commercial hub, in the morning necessitated the change of plan.
A BJP leader said the immersion was done in one of the smaller rivers beyond the municipal limits of Dimapur.
Longkumer said the BJP workers were asked to gather at the Dimapur party office at 9 a.m. The protesters started gathering in the area by 8 a.m., making it clear the immersion would not be allowed to take place within the town.
“This [protest] should not have happened. Atalji is a national icon and should not be association with any religion. The State BJP’s minority morcha had taken the lead in immersing the ashes. As Christians, we all prayed in the presence of priests,” he said.
Longkumer insisted he did what he thought was right and that he was clear in his conscience. He cited the example of Mizoram, another Christian majority State, where Vajpayee’s ashes were immersed in the Tlawng river on Friday without any opposition. (Page News Service)