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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passed Away

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Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee thrice served as the Prime Minister, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.

The authorities of AIIMS released the official statement at 5.05 PM today about this great loss of the Nation.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition was critical at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi and was on life support system at the country’s premier health institute where he had been undergoing treatment for the last nine weeks.

In social media, rumors started floating around 2.30 pm that the BJP leader was no more, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the hospital.

The authorities of AIIMS released the official statement at 5.05 PM today about this great loss of the Nation.

He was a diabetes patient & was admitted to AIIMS on 11 June 2018 for which doctors had described for a routine check-up. He was being treated for a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

His condition had worsened on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition was very critical and he was on life support system,”.

Vajpayee has only one functional kidney. In 2009, he had suffered a stroke, which weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

He was under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist and currently the Director of AIIMS. Guleria had served as personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades.

The hospital was flooded with politicians cutting across party lines. Among those who visited the BJP stalwart at the hospital on Thursday were Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Raj Nath Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Uma Bharti, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and NC president Farooq Abdullah.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to enquire about Vajpayee’s health and reportedly spent 15 minutes with Vajpayee. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President Amit Shah had visited Vajpayee on Saturday. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also paid a visit to the hospital on Wednesday.

An earlier version of the report had inadvertently said Vajpayee had passed away. There was confusion due to a quote of Home Minister Rajnath Singh with regard to the former PM’s health as he said ‘hamare beech nahi rahein’. DD News did also break the news of Vajpayee’s death.

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