Published On: Fri, Aug 17th, 2018

RIP: Mark Of Respect To Atal Bihari Vajpayee; Several States Announced Holiday

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Government offices, schools and colleges in several states will remain closed today as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away yesterday, August 17, in New Delhi. He was 93.

RIP- Mark Of Respect To Atal Bihari Vajpayee; Several States Announced Holiday

The three-time Prime Minister was one of the most charismatic leaders in India who led the country through several crisis amid holding together a tenuous coalition in domestic politics.

He was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital on June 11 with a variety of ailments. In the evening a press statement was released reading, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at 05:05 PM.”

Vajpayee took a retirement from public life following his deteriorating health. He was under the supervision of Director of AIIMS, Dr (pulmonologist) Randeep Guleria, for past more than three decades.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Vajpayee at AIIMS and it was his fourth visit since the iconic leader was admitted to the hospital. Others who visited were Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, United Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani.

LK Advani too paid a visit on Wednesday. He was one of the closest colleagues of the veteran BJP leader and from 1998 to 2004 was Vajpayee’s home minister in the NDA government.

Vajpayee was the first non-Congress government to last for full five-year in office. He was the prime minister first for 13 days in 1996 and thereafter for 13 months in 1998. From 1999 he served full five-year term.

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