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Vajpayee was stable for nine weeks, condition deteriorated in last 36 hours: AIIMS

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced retirement from electoral politics in 2005 and withdrew further from public life in 2009 after suffering a stroke that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2018 19:18 IST
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Born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, Atal Bihari Vajpayee joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939, and in 1951, was seconded to its political wing, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He steadily rose in its hierarchy and became its national president in 1968.(PTI/File Photo)

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on Thursday announced the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at around 5.30pm.

“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05:05pm on 16.08.2018. Shri Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last nine weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors,” an AIIMS statement said.

“Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today. We join the nation in deeply mourning this great loss.” the statement added.

Vajpayee had announced retirement from electoral politics in 2005 and withdrew further from public life in 2009 after suffering a stroke that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

A diabetic and having only one functional kidney, he was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and urine output on the lower side.

Born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, Vajpayee joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939, and in 1951, was seconded to its political wing, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He steadily rose in its hierarchy and became its national president in 1968.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 19:18 IST