Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93

Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP stalwart passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on Thursday at 5:05 pm.  He was being treated by a team of doctors for nine weeks. Vajpayee was three-time Prime Minister of India and one of the country’s most respected politicians.
The centre has announced seven-day mourning throughout India and state funeral for the former prime minister. Mr Vajpayee, the BJP’s tallest leader, was admitted to hospital in the month of June with a urinary tract infection and chest congestion.
A number of leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, visited AIIMS over the last two days to enquire about Vajpayee’s health condition. PM Modi was at the AIIMS on Thursday afternoon as well as Wednesday night.
Among other leaders and ministers who visited the AIIMS were Piyush Goyal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Suresh Prabhu, Jitendra Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Shahnawaz Hussain, Smriti Irani and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also visited AIIMS on Thursday around noon.
Vajpayee was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in March 2015. During his second term as prime minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998 in a strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions. He followed this up with peace overtures to Pakistan, riding on the first direct bus from India to Pakistan in February 1999.
Narendra Modi mourns on Vajpayee’s death and wrote a series of tweets:

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced on Twitter that all Delhi government offices, schools, and other institutions will remain closed on Friday as “a mark of respect” for Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been convened to mourn the former prime minister.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said India had lost a “great son” “loved and respected by millions”.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted:

RIP Atal Ji!

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Vaishnavi Iyer August 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

RIP to the former Prime Minister…🙏

Kusum Gupta August 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm

RIP Atal ji🙏

Puspa Manjari August 17, 2018 at 9:21 am

RIP Atal Ji

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