The whole nation broke into tears after the demise of the tallest leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Bharat Ratna and 3-time PM cremated with state honours. Thousands joined the funeral procession in the national capital yesterday.
There are more interesting things about Atal Bihari Vajpayee that you should know. He remained as a bachelor in his whole life. When he came to know that his parents were looking for a match for him, he would himself up in a friend’s house for three days, according to Vijay Prakash, son of his friend late Gorey Lal Tripathi.
Casting back to the mid-1940s, when Vajpayee was a PG student at Kanpur’s DAV College, he ran away to Tripathi’s house in Raipur village when he learnt that his parents were planning for his marriage.
“My father used to tell us that Atalji had locked himself in the room meant for guests. He didn’t come out for three days. Atalji had asked my father to lock the room from outside. He would knock at the door from inside when he needed water or food or to go to toilet,” Vijay told TOI on Friday.
When friend Gorey Lal asked him why he was evading marriage, Vajpayee told him that he wanted to commit his whole life to the country and according to him, marriage would create hurdles. That was when Atal was inclined closer to the RSS.