Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Iron Man of Modern India

LIVE updates Atal Bihari Vajpayee critical on life support

His condition had deteriorated over the past couple of days, after which he continued to be on life-support system. Vajpayee never hid his bitterness whenever Kargil was mentioned, but he tried to build peace with Pakistan again by holding a historic summit in Agra with the then leader of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, in 2001. "Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him".

Vajpayee, who was elected as Indian premier thrice, was a Hindu nationalist who was seen as a skilled politician by his supporters.

Vajpayee was one of the founding members of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which now governs India. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today,"the statement read".

From Bollywood actors to prominent sports personalities, all condoled the death of BJP's tallest leader.

Vajpayee, India's 10th Prime Minister, was admitted to the hospital on June 11 after complaints of Urinary Tract Infection, low urine output and chest congestion. He was one of the most gracious leaders of the nation who had a unique taste of the fine arts. Our respected Atal ji is no more. "His services to our nation will be remembered for a long time to come", said Singh.

The 10th Prime Minister of India had been suffering from kidney-related ailments.

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India under the governance of Vajpayee had witnessed major historic events like in May 1998, India conducted underground nuclear tests in Rajasthan's Pokhran desert.

Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, was loved and respected by millions. Vajpayee was the first non Congress prime minister to serve a full five-year term. The tests were held just a month after the government had been in power.

After Modi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also paid a visit.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health LIVE updates: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi arrived at All India Institute of Medical Science.

In 1996, Vajpayee was sworn in as India's 10th prime minister but the BJP couldn't cobble together a majority.

In 2015, the government honored him with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, while his Decenber 25 birthday was declared "Good Governance Day" in a tribute to his leadership.

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