New Delhi: Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has passed away aged 93 at AIIMS in Delhi. In a medical bulletin, the hospital said the Bharat Ratna breathed his last at 5.05pm
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 lost him today,” AIIMS said in a press release. The
Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in
New Delhi on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest
congestion. Last night, Vajpayee’s condition had worsened and he was put on life-support system. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, party veteran LK Advani, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, several
Union Ministers and CMs paid a visit to Vajpayee this morning.
A large crowd of mediapersons and others has gathered outside AIIMS, affecting movement of traffic on
the road. Traffic Policemen have been deployed to manage the crowd and traffic outside the hospital.
The roads leading to Krishna Menon Marg have been blocked. Roads leading to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s home
have also been sealed.
Vajpayee, a diabetic patient, had been undergoing treatment at AIIMS since June 11 with a kidney tract
infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
The 1924-born leader is under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist and currently the
Director of AIIMS. Guleria has served as personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades. Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah had also visited Vajpayee on Saturday.
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.