Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was admitted had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi for the past few weeks, died on Thursday. He was 93.
Confirming the saddening news, the hospital in a statement said,”It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05: 05 pm on 16.08.2018.”
Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi on June 11 for a urinary tract infection. He was also a diabetic patient. In addition, his urine output was on the lower side.
He was put on life support system by the doctors after his condition became critical in the last 24 hours.
On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited AIIMS to inquire about Vajpayee’s health. Today morning, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and BJP leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party president Amit Shah and BJP veteran L.K. Advani, also visited the AIIMS to enquire about him.
Mr. Vajpayee has only one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009, weakening his cognitive abilities. Later, he developed dementia.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister briefly in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004 but had retreated from active politics over the last decade due to failing health. Born in 1924, he entered politics during the Quit India movement in 1942. Vajpayee was elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. Vajpayee was also the first external affairs minister to deliver a speech in the UN General Assembly in Hindi.
May his soul rest in peace!