Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more. The much loved and respected politician passed away at the age of 93 years in AIIMs Delhi yesterday evening.
He had been ill for past few weeks and was undergoing treatment at the AIIMS. Vajpayee was kept on life support as his condition had worsened this week.
He was being treated for kidney problems, chest congestion and urinary tract infection. He suffered a stroke in 2009 and that had caused dementia.
Vajpayee had a long and successful political career. He was the only parliamentarian who was elected from four different states, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi at different times.
He remained the member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms and a member of Lok Sabha for ten terms.
He was elected the Prime Minister for the first time in 1996 but had to resign in 13 days after facing a no-confidence motion.
He was re-elected in 1998, but lost a no-confidence motion again by a single vote 13 months later.
Vajpayee was again elected in 1999 and served a full five-year term as India’s Prime Minister.
Vajpayee is credited with the launch of the Delhi-Lahore bus service in which he travelled and was welcomed at Wagah Border by Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Vajpayee never got married and adopted Namita Bhattacharya as his daughter. He was fond of Indian music and dance and was a great poet and orator.