Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93, country mourns former PM’s loss

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93, country mourns former PM’s loss

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

NEW DELHI: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93 on Thursday. He was put on life support system on Wednesday after his health condition deteriorated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and several other party leaders reached AIIMS earlier on Thursday. The 93-year-old was admitted to AIIMS due to a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93, country mourns former PM's loss

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today at the age of 93. Leaders cutting across the political spectrum mourned the loss of India’s former prime minister.

The 93-year-old was admitted on June 11 due to kidney tract infection, chest congestion, and low urine output. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

Here are the latest updates:

8:00 pm: Remembering the former prime minister, Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises called Atal Bihari Vajpayee the Father of Modern Telecommunication in India. “A great economic reformer, as a Prime Minister he was always guided by a strong conviction that liberalisation would help us realise our economic potential and ultimately open the doors to becoming a globally competitive, strong and resilient economy. He can truly be called the Father of Modern Telecommunication in India having ushered in the National Telecom Policy in 1999, which helped the industry overcome some of its toughest early challenges,” Mittal said.

7:50 pm: Bihar Government has declared seven-day state mourning and a public holiday tomorrow.

7:45 pm: Delhi government declares holiday tomorrow as mark of respect towards the former prime minister. All schools and colleges in the national capital will remain shut.

 

7:30 pm: “An era comes to an end with the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The nation has lost not just a Bharat Ratna, a statesman par excellence, but also an admirable human being. His gift with words, his decency and grace in dealing with friends and foes were the mark of an exemplary life in politics. His warmth and soft-spoken charming manner ensured he was loved by all whose lives he touched. He put the nation on the fast track with initiatives like the Golden Quadrilateral project, the New Telecom Policy, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and the Fiscal Responsibility Act that laid down the path for future governments to follow,” said Dr Prathap Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals.

7:15 pm: Reacting to the demise to former PM, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman Tata Sons said, “The nation has lost a statesman of independent India. An iconic leader on the world stage, Vajpayeeji led India with great wisdom, foresight and love for the country.”

6:55 pm: Government announces 7-day state mourning throughout India from August 16 to August 22. Flags will be flown half mast and no official entertainment will be allowed.

6:40 pm: Vajpayee’s last rites will be conducted near Smriti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna. The memorial is the designated spot for the cremation of presidents, vice-presidents and prime ministers.

6:30 pm: Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s body will be taken to his residence at 6, Krishna Menon Marg, where it will be kept throughout the night. The body will be taken to the BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road to allow the public to pay their respects.

6:00 pm: “It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India. It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick. He travelled across the length and breadth of India to spread the BJP’s message, which led to the BJP becoming a strong force in our national polity and in several states,” PM Modi said.

5:50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Vajpayee’s death marks the end of an era. “He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades.”

 

5:45 pm: Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away.

Source From: businesstoday