Bilawal Bhutto condoles demise of former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

17 Août, 2018, 10:49 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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India's top leaders and politicians are visiting the New Delhi hospital where doctors say former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is in critical condition after a prolonged illness.

Another man, in his early 20s, said he had come all the way from Bihar to pay homage to the former prime minister.

In a statement, Khan said Vajpayee was a known and respected political personality of the subcontinent and his attempts for the betterment of India-Pakistan relationship will always be remembered.

Reports suggest that the rumours started doing rounds while Home Minister Rajnath Singh was talking to media after coming out of AIIMS where Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being treated.

A Hindu nationalist from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Vajpayee had been hospitalised since June with a kidney infection and chest congestion.

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He retired from politics in 2005 and suffered a stroke in 2009. He subsequently developed dementia, and has had trouble with cognition and memory.

After Modi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also paid a visit. He had quoted Vajpayee in the context of peace in Kashmir.

He was reelected for prime minister-ship in March 1998, where he remained in the office until May 13, 2004.

"Atal Ji´s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me", Modi said in a tweet Thursday, using a Hindi-language honorific.

"I have also brought along the Gangajal from Gangotri", he said, hoping to find an opportunity to see him. He was the first non-Congress, non-Gandhi Prime Minister to complete a five-year term. The Modi government in 2014 that Vajpayee's birthday, December 25, would be marked as Good Governance Day.

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