Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at AIIMS, Delhi

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New Delhi – Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday during treatment at AIIMS, Delhi, where he was admitted for the last
9 weeks at AIIMS. Since Wednesday, he was on life support system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone to All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to meet Vajpayee on Wednesday evening.

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with kidney tract infection, chest congestion and his urine output being on the lower side. Sources said his condition is critical. He is on ventilator support and a team of doctors are constantly monitoring his condition in the ICU at CN tower where he is admitted. Vajpayee, a diabetic, has one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009, weakening his cognitive abilities. Later, he developed dementia.

Vajpayee was thrice elected the prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and is the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004. As his health deteriorated, he had slowly withdrawn himself from public life and was confined to his residence for years.