Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Image: Deccan Herald via Flickr
Regional Public Holidays declared on Friday 17 August 2018
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States where 17 August 2018 is a Public holiday
States where 17 August 2018 is a State holiday
A public holiday has been declared in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on 17 August 2018 to mourn the passing of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's tenth prime minister, who died on Thursday 16 August 2018 in New Delhi at the age of 93.
The central government has announced a period of seven-day mourning across the nation as a mark of respect to the departed leader.
Punjab will observe three days of mourning and offices, boards, corporations and educational institutions will remain closed on Friday 17 August as a mark of respect.
The Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh governments both declared seven-days of state mourning and a public holiday on Friday 17 August.
All Delhi government offices, schools and other institutions will remain closed on Friday 17 August.
The Odisha and Tamil Nadu governments have declared a government holiday tomorrow; all government offices, schools and colleges to remain shut across the states.
In Karnataka, the government has announced seven-days of mourning and have declared a holiday on Friday 17 August for offices, school and colleges as a mark of respect.
The government of Telangana has declared state holiday on 17 August 2018 as a mark of respect. All state government offices, semi government offices, public sector undertakings, corporations, boards, educational institutions, etc. will remain closed.
Vajpayee was prime minister of India briefly in 1996 and 1998 before eventually serving a full term as premier from 1999 to 2004.
He had been admitted in June 2018 to the All India institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, suffering from a urinary tract infection and chest congestion. His condition worsened, eventually becoming fatal.
Vajpayee's funeral will be held at 4pm on Friday 17 August 2018, with state honours. The National Flag will be flown at half-mast till August 22, 2018, as a mark of respect for the departed leader.
India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2018
His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.