Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes away at 93

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes away at 93
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes away at 93

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on Thursday 16 August 2018 in AIIMS where he was admitted 9 weeks back on June 11 and was undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment. He was the first non-Congress leader and served a full term in power.

“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,” AIIMS said in a statement on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today,” the statement read.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes away at 93
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes away at 93

Live Update: His body will be kept in the BJP office tomorrow, where the public can pay their homage, followed by cremation before sunsets, most likely at Ekta Sthal. Army officials have confirmed that gun carriage is ready for the former prime minister’s mortal remains.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prominent for his influential oratory and poetry, Vajpayee was one of the founder members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He had served as a prime minister for just 13 days in 1996, 13 months (1998-99) at the head of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and then for a full five-year term (1999-2004).

He retired from electoral politics in 2005 and withdrew himself from social life in 2009. He suffered a stroke in that same year and developed dementia.

He was diabetic and only his one kidney was functional.  Vajpayee is 93-year-old and was the 10th Indian Prime Minister. He was hospitalized on June 11 due to kidney tract infection, chest congestion, and lower urine output.

Vajpayee was born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, he became part of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939, and in 1951, was joined its political wing, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJP). As he steadily moved forward in his political career he became party’s national president in 1968.

During the Emergency (1975-77) he was jailed along with other opposition leaders. Thereafter he combined the Jana Sangh into the newly-formed Janata Party to form the strong political party against the Congress in the 1977 elections. He has also served as Minister of External Affairs during the Morarji Desai government.

After the collapse of Janata Party’s he with his long-time associate LK Advani and others, formed up the BJP in 1980.

He was a parliamentarian for over four decades and was honored with the Bharat Ratna in 2015.

 

On his demise, people all over the country are expressing their condolence and praying for his family.

 

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