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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at the age of 93

Vajpayee was suffering from kidney failure and was put on a life support system at AIIMS in Delhi

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at the age of 93

Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018. He was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) because of kidney failure. Ministers including PM Narendra Modi have paid a visit to the former PM. 

Born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not just a politician, but also played an important role in the freedom struggle of India. He dropped out from his studies and became fully active in politics. He was even jailed during ‘Quit India Movement’ for 23 days in 1942.

Vajpayee was the 10th PM of India and the first non-Congress PM candidate who complete the five-year term and he was in the office from 1998 to 2004. However, Vajpayee gradually got away from public life and with this health deteriorating, he limited the residence for many years. Pandit Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, his father, was a teacher under Gwalior Principality. The former PM was the seventh child of his parents with three sisters and three brothers. Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been a decent leader, a statesman and this is the reason that his political enemies always respected him.

As the External Affairs Minister in the Janata government in 1997 under the prime ministership of IK Gujral, Atal Bihar Vajpayee was the first to speak in Hindi at the United Nations (UN) meeting and his speech in his mother tongue won million hearts. Indeed, he was fond of writing in Hindi and was a master poet. The parliament and the country on some occasions had the perks of listening to his creations.

In 2002, When the current PM Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, PM Vajpayee adviced him follow Rajdharma after the riots.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been in Indian politics since 1951 and lost the Lok Sabha election the first time he contested in 1955. However, in 1957, he became a parliamentarian. During his career, he has been elected as an MP for 12 times – 10 times in Lok Sabha. He was elected as the Rajya Sabha member in 1962 and 1986.

His legacy is motivating, the former PM started Bharatiya Janata Party from scratch with only two MPs and the party’s MPs reached 182. After the formation of BJP in 1980, the party fought the first general election in 1984 but only won two seats. BJP contested again in 1999 by forming National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in which more than 20 parties joined the coalition and NDA won 234 seats and left BJP with 182 seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his tribute:

President Ram Nath Kovind pays his tribute:

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis remembers:

Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays his tribute: 

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