"The last rites are performed by family members for peace of the departed soul. PM Modi and the BJP have usurped the last remains of Former PM Vajpayee and are using it for petty political gains. BJP leaders discover new lows every day," is what the Congress has said.
As soon as the party made this statement, critics of the Congress have spoken of how the party had treated the mortal remains of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. It was an utter disgrace that the legendary PM was not given a dignified farewell.
From purely a public perception point of view, the BJP-Modi duo have earned admiration for giving a grand farewell to one of India's best PMs, Vajpayee. Even the saffron party's critics have applauded the respect with which the former PM's last rites were performed religiously. Pictures/visuals of Modi, Amit Shah and others walking for Kms on Delhi roads on the way to the Smrithi Sthal (where Atal was cremated) have gone viral on WhatsApp, etc.