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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away this evening at AIIMS. The official press release has been made by the authorities-
Mr. Vajpayee was ailing for a long time but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to AIIMS where he was put on life supporting system. He was in the hospital for the last nine weeks.
"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05 p.m. on 16.08.2018," an AIIMS press statement said.The statement said Vajpayee was admitted on June 11 and was stable in the last nine weeks. "Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support system. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today."
Vajpayee, a diabetic patient, was undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). His condition worsened further on Wednesday evening with leaders from across the political spectrum thronging the hospital and enquiring about his health.
The former Prime Minister, whose birthday on December 25 is celebrated as Good Governance Day, was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 2014 at his home.
The mortal remains of the BJP co-founder were taken from the hospital to his residence, where political leaders from across the country converged to pay their last respects to the iconic leader.
He was Prime Minister for 13 days in mid-1996 when he was forced to resign ahead of the confidence vote for which he did not have the numbers.Vajpayee again became the Prime Minister in March 1998 but his government fell 13 months later on the floor of the Lok Sabha losing by one vote in the confidence motion after AIADMK headed by the late J.Jayalalithaa withdrew support to the BJP.The BJP government headed by Vajpayee returned to power in 1999 and completed its full term till 2014.
Being a great orator, Atal Ji has been a great poet by heart. He used to write about his country and his thoughts about its Independence. A person, who always served his country under his leadership, led the country towards the bright side.
The President Of India, Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has expressed his grief at the demise of the Former Prime Minister with a tweet.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="hi" dir="ltr">पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री व भारतीय राजनीति की महान विभूति श्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी के <br>देहावसान से मुझे बहुत दुख हुआ है। विलक्षण नेतृत्व, दूरदर्शिता तथा अद्भुत भाषण उन्हें <br>एक विशाल व्यक्तित्व प्रदान करते थे।उनका विराट व स्नेहिल व्यक्तित्व हमारी स्मृतियों में बसा रहेगा—राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द</p>— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) <a href="https://twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn/status/1030064695036657664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories with him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1030065143491829766?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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