Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93: Indian media
NEW DEHLI (92 News) – Former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday. He was 93.
Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in June. Vajpayee, who had been ailing for long, retreated from active public life over the last decade following the deterioration of his health and remained restricted to his residence.
“It is with profoud grief that we inform about the sad demise of former prime minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05pm on 16.08.2018,” AIIMS said 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, he was dead.
A host of leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the BJP patriarch at AIIMS. Modi met the doctors and enquired about the well-being of Vajpayee. He also met his family members, according to an official statement.
His first stint as the prime minister lasted only for 16 days (from May 16-31, 1996) and then again from March 19, 1998 to May 13, 2004.