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PM Modi mourns Vajpayee’s death, says he has lost a father figure

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had been undergoing treatment at AIIMS since June 11, died on Thursday.

By HT Correspondents | Aug 17, 2018 03:06 IST

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Thursday. The 93-year-old BJP leader, a diabetic, had one functional kidney. Earlier in the day, prime Minister Narendra Modi and several BJP leaders visited Vajpayee while several across the country wished for his well-being. Vajpayee had been undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences since June 11. He was admitted to the hospital with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and urine output on the lower side. The BJP leader, a diabetic, has one functional kidney. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

12:50am IST

Road diversions in Delhi today

Ring Road from IGI Stadium T point to Yamuna Bazar, Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chhatta Rail, Nishad Raj Marg from Netaji Subhash Marg to Shantivan will be closed from 8am onwards for general public today/

10:20pm IST

Vajpayee tall political personality, says Imran Khan

Atal Bihari Vaajpayee was a tall political personality of the subcontinent. His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Mr Vajpayee,as a foreign minister,took responsibility of improving India-Pak ties: Pakistan PM-designate Imran Khan

9:55pm IST

Advani, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi pay tribute to Vajpayee

LK Advani, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi pay tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

9:45pm IST

He was our friend, says Bangladesh PM

He was our friend and highly respected in Bangladesh. As a token of recognition for his invaluable contribution to our Liberation War in 1971, the Bangladesh government conferred on him Bangladesh Liberation War Honour. Today is a day of great sadness for all of us in Bangladesh: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

9:40pm IST

Vajpayee contributed tried to better Indo-Pak ties, says Pakistan govt

We have learnt with sadness the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in New Delhi. He was a renowned statesman who contributed to bringing a change in Indo-Pak relations and remained key supporter of SAARC & regional cooperation for development. Pakistan government and people extend their heartfelt condolences to his family and to the government & people of India, Pakistan government is quoted as saying by ANI.

9:35pm IST

Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh visit Vajpayee’s residence

9:10pm IST

PM Modi says he has lost a father figure

The loss cannot be expressed in words, says PM Modi on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death. “His death is a void that will never be filled. I have lost a father figure today. Atal Ji taught me valuable aspects about Sangathan and Shaasan.” 

9:05pm IST

Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy mourn Vajpayee’s death

In his condolence message, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda says the country has lost a statesman and politician who believed in the country’s diverse culture. “He was a true parliamentarian. With his death, a vacuum has been created in polity and end of an era of politics in this country. He was a great orator who refused to attack hisopponent personally.”

Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy, quoting a line from Vajpayee’s poem: “Will never accept defeat, will never be afraid of new challenges”, says it mirrors the late PM’s personality.

9:00pm IST

Mamata arrives at Vajpayee’s residence in Delhi

8:55pm IST

Sports fraternity mourn Vajpayee’s demise

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore writes on Twitter, “#AtalBihariVajpayee ji -- A leader par excellence, a daring PM who made Pokhran possible, a highly principled politician & a poet of inspirational grit who was admired across party lines. His demise is an irreparable loss, and marks the end of an era.”

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also wrote, “India is at a great loss today. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji’s contributions to our nation have been innumerable. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”

8:45pm IST

State holiday in Jharkhand tomorrow

Jharkhand government, mourning the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, announces a state holiday tomorrow.

8:25pm IST

Impossible to fill the void left by Atal ji, says Amit Shah

With his demise, we lost the pole star of the Indian sky. He was multifaceted. The nation lost a tall leader, BJP lost its first National President, crores of youth lost their inspiration. It is impossible to fill that void, says BJP president Amit Shah

8:20pm IST

Cremation at Smriti Sthal in Delhi, says Amit Shah

An emotional Amit Shah says in a press conference the country has lost a great leader... and BJP has lost its first national president. At 9 am tomorrow his mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters and at 1 pm his last journey will begin. Funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal: BJP President Amit Shah.

Standing behind Shah, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tears up.

8:17pm IST

Vajpayee’s body brought to his residence in Delhi

The mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been brought to his residence, reports ANI. The funeral will be held at Smriti Sthal.

8:15pm IST

India lost its ‘tallest leader’: Nitish Kumar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar says India “has lost the tallest political leader, a charismatic personality, poet, orator, writer and thinker”. Nitish Kumar was railway minister in Vajpayee’s cabinet during the first National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

8:10pm IST

First PM who understand agony of J-K: Mehbooba Mufti

The demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not only a loss for the country, it is big loss for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the first prime minister to understand the agony of our people: Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti

8:05pm IST

Punjab announces 3-day mourning; UP schools, offices to be closed tomorrow

The Punjab government has declared three-day mourning in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Uttar Pradesh government has also announced schools and offices will be closed tomorrow.

8:00pm IST

Vajpayee prioritised values in politics: Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath says former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a leader who laid the foundation of good governance by linking politics to values and ideals. “Vajpayee always gave priority to values and ideals in politics,” he says.

7:55pm IST

State funeral for Vajpayee, flag to be flown at half mast: 

Home ministry says in a statement the national flag will be flown at half mast for seven days -- from August 16 to August 22 -- across India as a mark of respect to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayeem, and a state funeral would be accorded.

7:50pm IST

Vajpayee strove for resolution on Kashmir issue: Separatists

A section of separatist leaders in Srinagar say Vajpayee was a “great man” and a rare leader with “humaneness” who sought a resolution of the issues related to Kashmir.

“I am sad to hear about the demise of A B Vajpayee ji. Atalji was indeed a rare Indian leader who had the humaneness to seek the resolution of the festering Kashmir dispute in the wide ambit of humanity and not within the confines of a constitution,” chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tells PTI.

7:45pm IST

Shiv Sena says Vajpayee ‘binding force’ of NDA 

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray describes former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a “strong binding force of the National Democratic Alliance”.

“Pride, arrogance or rigidity of power was miles away from him; he was upright and honest, gentle and mild-mannered, and his perpetually smiling face an inspiration for all. I met him several times and he always blessed me like a father. Nobody can take his place,” Thackeray tells IANS.

Read: Political leaders pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a ‘true Indian statesman’

7:40pm IST

Indo-US ties progressed under Vajpayee’s leadership: US envoy

The US Mission in India extends our deepest condolences to the family of former prime minister Vajpayee and the citizens of India, the US Embassy says in a statement. Indo-US relationship progressed to a new level under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and George Bush though the two countries used to be at an arm’s length before that: US ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster.

7:35pm IST

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was like a ‘colossus for almost 6 decades’: Pranab Mukherjee

Former president Pranab Mukherjee said that he could not believe that the former PM was no more. “Though he was suffering for a long time I did not believe that the end will come. Fate snatched him away from us. He carried conviction with everybody. No doubt that the country will be poorer in the loss of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was like a colossus for almost 6 decades. I pay my deepest regards for this great son of India,” he said.

7:25 pm IST

Void of his absence can never be filled: Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“He was a great politician and loved by millions. It’s unimaginable to think that our beloved Atal Ji is no more with us. This is an end of a political era, the void of his absence can never be filled,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told ANI.

7:23 pm IST

‘He worked in national interest rather than personal interest’: Yogi Adityanath


7:17 pm IST

Wreaths being taken inside Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence


7:11 pm IST

Centre announces seven-day state mourning

Central Government announces seven day state mourning throughout India, during this period the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where its regularly flown. State funeral will also be accorded, reports news agency ANI.

7:07 pm IST

‘Mr Vajpayee had a great sense of compassion and humour,’ says Ratan Tata

‘All of us who knew Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humour. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us,” Ratan Tata told ANI.

7:03 pm IST

‘We will always take inspiration from his ideology’: Devendra Fadnavis


6:52pm IST

Will miss my closest friend of over 65 years immensely: Advani

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani in his condolence message described Vajpayee as one of the country’s tallest statesmen and his closest friend for over 65 years whom he will miss immensely.

“I cherish the memories of my long association with him, right from our days as pracharaks of the RSS, to the inception of Bharatiya Jana Singh, the struggle of the dark months during the Emergency leading to the formation of Janata Party and later the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980,” he said.

Advani said he was at loss for words to express his deep grief and sadness.

“Atalji will be remembered as the pioneer of the first ever stable non-Congress coalition government at the Centre and I had the privilege of working as his deputy for six years. As my senior, he always encouraged and guided me in every possible manner,” he said.

6:47pm IST

Vajpayee’s body to be kept at BJP headquarters in Delhi tomorrow

The mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi tomorrow for last tributes, reports news agency ANI.

6:45pm IST

BJP cancels its national executive meeting

BJP’s National Executive meeting which was scheduled to be held on August 18-19 has been cancelled, reports ANI.

6:42pm IST

Vajpayee ji is ‘ajatshatru’ of modern times: Venkaiah Naidu

“Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is ‘ajatshatru’ of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum,” says Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

6:39pm IST

A simple man despite being a senior leader: Mulayam Singh Yadav

“It is a big loss for the country, he was a very simple man inspite of being such a senior leader.There was not even a shred of arrogance in him.Current leaders need to learn a lot from him,” says Mulayam Singh Yadav.

6:20pm IST

‘India lost one of its tallest leaders’, Naveen Patnaik mourns Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s death


6:15 pm IST

‘Vajpayee exceptional public servant, deeply saddened by death’: Manmohan Singh



Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains to be taken to his residence shortly

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be taken to his residence shortly where people would be able to pay their tribute to the late former PM.


06:14 pm IST

Atalji was a true ‘Ajatshatru’, says Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a series of tweets, condoled the death of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and called him ‘Ajatshatru’ saying that the leader had friends across political parties.


6:11 pm IST

Leaders across parties condole death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Cutting across party lines, leaders from different parties condoled the death of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the country had lost a great son who was respected by millions. Meanwhile, the PM Modi poured out his emotions in a series of tweet over the demise of the leader who died at the age of 93 at Delhi’s AIIMS today

6:08 pm IST

‘India lost a great son,’ says Rahul Gandhi


6:04 pm IST

‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee a true Indian statesman’: President Kovind


5:58 pm IST

‘Big loss to the nation’: Mamata Banerjee




‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death marks end of an era’: PM Modi





Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at Delhi’s AIIMS today. The 93-year-old BJP leader, a diabetic, had one functional kidney. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.


Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati arrives at AIIMS

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati arrived at AIIMS to visit ailing former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

5:16 pm IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at AIIMS


5:04 pm IST

‘Entire nation praying for him’: Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh today prayed for the well-being of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who remains to be in a critical condition and said that the entire nation is praying for him. “We pray to the God to make him healthy soon and bless him with a long life,” he told ANI.

4:53 pm IST

Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi arrive at AIIMS


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi arrived at AIIMS to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee who remains to be in a critical condition. Earlier today, the Bihar CM had rushed to New Delhi on hearing the news of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s critical condition, reports PTI. Kumar, who had served as a cabinet minister under Vajpayee, issued a statement wherein he called the nonagenarian “a guardian...whose affection and guidance I have always received and from whom I have learnt the finer points of public life.”

4:48 pm IST

BJP postpones its national executive meet

The BJP today postponed its two-day national executive, slated for August 18-19, in the wake of critical health condition of its veteran leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “As of now, the national executive has been postponed, and its dates will be finalised later,” a party leader told PTI.

4:43 pm IST

Uddhav may leave for Delhi to enquire about Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray may leave for New Delhi this evening to enquire about the health of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is on life support at the AIIMS, sources said.

4:31 pm IST

Kailash Satyarthi arrives at AIIMS


4:21 pm IST

Vajpayee continues to remain critical

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to remain critical but doctors at AIIMS are putting their best efforts to restore him to health, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said. “Doctors are treating him. He is critical. And doctors are doing their best to restore his health,” Nadda told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the hospital around 2pm, the second time in the less than 24 hours, to visit the BJP leader. Several senior leaders and Union ministers also visited AIIMS to inquire about Vajpayee after his condition deteriorated drastically on Wednesday. Those who went to the hospital included senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, vice-president Venkaiah Naidu, the saffron party’s chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Harsh Vardhan, Anupriya Patel, and Ram Vilas Paswan.

4:18 IST

‘Atal Bihar Vajpayee wanted to make the country strong’: Farooq Abdullah

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah were also among those who visited the hospital. “We all should pray for his recovery. We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world,” Abdullah said.

4:13 pm IST

BJP President Amit Shah leaves from AIIMS

4:05 pm IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits Delhi’s AIIMS

Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) where former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system.


3:30pm IST

Next health bulletin on Vajpayee awaited

The next bulletin by AIIMS on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health awaited.

3:10pm IST

We pray for him: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Vajpayee

2:53pm IST

People of Jharkhand praying for Vajpayee: Raghubar Das

3.25 crore people of Jharkhand are praying for the health of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I hope he recovers soon: CM Raghubar Das tell ANI.

2:48pm IST

PM Modi leaves AIIMS

PM Modi leaves AIIMS after visiting Atal Bihari Vajpayee

2:45pm IST

Vajpayee continues to be critical, says Rajnath Singh

His condition continues to be critical: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

2:35pm IST

Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali calls Vajpayee a large-hearted person

Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali calls Atal Bihari Vajpayee a large-hearted person. “ Even if I opposed him, he was very dignified about it which speaks volume,” said Ali.

2:18pm IST

Almost all political, govt programmes cancelled in Mumbai

Almost all political and government programmes have been cancelled in Mumbai in view of former PM Vajpayee’s ill-health. Maharashtra CM Fadnavis is rushing to Delhi.

2:15pm IST

Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Jitendra Singh at Vajpayee’s residence

2:10pm IST

Vajpayee’s pattern of work wasn’t like present politics: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “I have cancelled my work to visit Atal BihariVajpayee today. I got chance to work with him. He is a statesman like figure. We supported him when his govt was falling. His pattern of work was different & not like present politics,” she said.

1:57pm IST

PM Modi arrives at AIIMS

PM Modi arrives at AIIMS to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This is his second visit in less than 24 hours.

PM Modi arrives at AIIMS (ANI/ Twitter)

1:30pm IST

To work under him was a very good experience: Naveen Patnaik

“I served as a member of his cabinet for two years, to hear about his health is distressing. He is a great leader and to work under him was a very good experience. I would be flying to Delhi today”, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik about Atal BihariVaajpayee

1:20pm IST

Special prayers being held at Ludhiana temple

Special prayers being held for Vajpayee at Ludhiana temple

1:10pm IST

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik coming to Delhi to visit Vajpayee

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to leave for New Delhi to visit Vajpayee.

12:43pm IST

Union minister Harsh Vardhan arrives at AIIMS

Union science minister Harsh Vardhan arrives at AIIMS.

12:35pm IST

He is a leader who wanted to make the country strong: Farooq Abdullah on Vajpayee

We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong, says former J-K CM Farooq Abdullah

12:25pm IST

Leaders continue to visit Vajpayee at AIIMS

Leaders continue to visit Vajpayee at AIIMS. Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah, minister of state for health, Anupriya Patel, and Ram Vilas Paswan arrive at the hospital.

12:10pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia at AIIMS

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia reach AIIMS.

12:05pm IST

Students pray for Vajpayee at Lucknow school

Students pray for Vajpayee’s health at a school in Lucknow

11:55am IST

No one can ever be like Atal Ji, says MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

He is our idol. With just his presence we got inspiration and encouragement, we pray for his health, no one can ever be like Atal Ji, campaigning for him was an honour for me: Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan

11:50am IST

Rajasthan CM leaving for New Delhi to visit Vajpayee

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has postponed the second leg of her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’ and will be leaving for New Delhi to visit Vajpayee.

11:40am IST

Praying for his speedy recovery: N Chandrababu Naidu

Saddened to hear about the critical health condition of AtalBihariVaajpayee ji, praying for his speedy recovery: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu

11:35am IST

Worried about former PM Vajpayee ji’s health: Mehbooba Mufti

Worried about Former PM Vajpayee jis health. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Can never forget the love and affection he showered upon me every time we met: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

11:08am IST

Vajpayee’s condition continues to be critical: AIIMS

Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition continues to be the same. He is critical and is on life support systems : AIIMS

11:05am IST

PM likely to visit to AIIMS

SPG personnel clearing AIIMS. PM Modi likely to visit.

10:55am IST

Union minister Sushma Swaraj reaches AIIMS.

Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj arrives at AIIMS to pay visit to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She was accompanied by Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.

10:48am IST

He’s always been an inspiration: UP dy CM Dinesh Sharma on Vajpyaee

UP’s deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said he was saddened by the news of the former PM’s ill health. He has always been an inspiration and a guide to me, said Sharma.

10:17am IST

Senior BJP leader LK Advani at AIIMS

LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani reach AIIMS. Earlier, union health minister JP Nadda also visited AIIMS to check on the former prime minister’s condition

Senior BJP leader LK Advani arrived with his daughter Pratibha Advani at AIIMS, August 16, 2018. (ANI/ Twitter)

10:15am IST

Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrive at AIIMS

Union home minister Rajnath Singh arrives at AIIMS to visit former PM Vajpayee.

9:45am IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi to visit AIIMS

Congress president Rahul Gandhi to visit AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being treated: ANI

9:30am IST

MP students pray for ex-PM

Students at a college in MP’s Gwalior pray for the ex-PM’s health.

9:20am IST

WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee to visit Vajpayee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will visit former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS when she arrives in Delhi later on Thursday: ANI

8:55am IST

BJP chief Amit Shah visits AIIMS

BJP president Amit Shah visits AIIMS

8:35am IST

Delhi CM Kejriwal to visit AIIMS

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) : ANI

8:05am IST

Pray to God for his fast recovery: Arvind Kejriwal on Vajpayee

Sad to hear about Atalji’s health. I pray to God for his fast recovery.

7:30am IST

‘Praying for Vajpayee Ji’s health’, tweets Vijay Goel

We are all praying for Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji’s health, tweets Union minister Vijay Goel.

6:45am IST

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visits AIIMS

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visits All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

10:20pm IST

Vajpayee’s condition critical, he’s on life support: AIIMS

“Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last 9 weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support system,” says AIIMS, in a statement.

10:03pm IST

Piyush Goyal at AIIMS to meet Vajpayee

7:35pm IST

Smriti Irani visits Vajpayee at AIIMS

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani visited AIIMS evening to enquire about Vajpayee’s health.

7:29pm IST

PM Modi at AIIMS to meet Vajpayee