Bankura: Pulkesh Patra, an ardent follower of late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, followed a 10-day period of mourning in spite of his parents being alive. A state of mourning is performed by a child after his/her parents pass away. He completed the funeral ceremony on Sunday at Bankura’s Simlapal’s Gopalnagar village.
Pulkesh Patra is from a middle-aged family which has a lottery business. From childhood, he has seen his father being a part of RSS. Hence, he used to hear stories about Atal Bihari Vajpayee from his father. He had broken down after hearing about the demise of Vajpayee. Then he decided to perform all rites and then conclude with Vajpayee’s funeral.
Pulkesh then spoke to his father Narendra Kishore who gave him permission. Along with his wife, Pulkesh then followed the mourning period for 10-days. He completed his work at the Ghats on Saturday and then the funeral on Sunday.
Pulkesh invited BJP workers and family members. Food arrangements were made for the
guests. The items were radhaballavi, matar paneer, fried rice, vegetable curry, chutney, papad, rasogolla and curd.
After the funeral, Pulkesh said, “I have always seen deceased Atal Bihari Vajpayee as my father. After his death, and after inspiration from my father, I performed his last rites based on Hindu rituals. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s work for the citizens is commendable.”
Many did raise their brows for a son performing last rites despite of their parents being alive. But his father Narendra Krishna Patra said, “There is no objection in our philosophy. Our elder son is there to perform the last rites for us. I have respected my youngers son’s wish and granted him permission to do Vajpayeeji’s last rites.”
The local BJP leaders have welcomed this move.