Ex-Indian PM Vajpayee dies at age 93

17 Août, 2018, 04:45 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Congress pays tribute: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a man with a very large heart

Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. Vajpayee was received at Wagah by then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him".

During his political career, Vajpayee's name became synonymous in India with the rise of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which he helped found in the 1980s.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the hospital yesterday evening to enquire about Vajpayee's condition. "Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today".

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik who visited New Delhi AIIMS said "I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayeeji". He had been admitted in June to the All India institute of Medical Sciences in the capital, suffering from a urinary tract infection and chest congestion. "India has lost one of its tallest leaders". "But Mr. Vajpayee worked discreet diplomacy behind closed doors and set in motion a friendly dialogue with Clinton, who went to India in 2000, the first visit by a USA president to the country in more than two decades".

AIIMS press release confirming the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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In May 1998, just weeks into his second spell as prime minister, Mr Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in the Rajasthan desert, which caught the global community off guard and prompted sanctions.

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee isn't just remembered as a political leader, but also as a powerful orator and a poet. Leaders of the BJP were gathering at his home in New Delhi to pay their respects. Vajpayee was the first non Congress prime minister to serve a full five-year term. "He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades", he tweeted.

Kargil war India won the Kargil war in 1999 and Vajpayee was hailed for his successful handling of the situation. He returned to power in 1998 for 11 months after forging an alliance of 22 parties, mostly regional power brokers with disparate local appeal.

In the 1999 general elections, the BJP-led NDA won 303 seats out of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha.

In 2015, the government honored him with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, while his Decenber 25 birthday was declared "Good Governance Day" in a tribute to his leadership.

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