Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was admitted to AIIMS for over nine weeks, passed away on Thursday, an official statement from the premier medical institute said. The 93-year-old veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader was in a critical condition and was continuously on advanced life support. His medical condition deteriorated in the last 48 hours, the doctors 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,” said AIIMS in a medical bulletin.
“Shri Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors. 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. We join the Nation in deeply mourning this great loss,” AIIMS added.
India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji.
His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2018
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee canceled her work to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Jitendra Singh and BJP leader Bhupender Yadav reached Vajpayee’s house on Thursday afternoon. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also came down to Delhi to visit Vajpayee.
The 93-year-old — who retired from public life after his health turned frail — has been under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, the Director of AIIMS. For over three decades, Dr Guleria, a pulmonologist, has served as personal physician to Mr Vajpayee.
“Personally, I have been fortunate to receive much affection and advice from Atal-ji and an opportunity to understand public life… He was like a guardian to me. I wish him a speedy recovery,” tweeted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee had headed governments thrice — for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and served a five-year term from 1999. His was the first non-Congress government to last for a full term in office.
Following the death of Former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihar Vajpayee, a state wide holiday has been declared in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, UP, MP, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu.