Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93

New Delhi: Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.

“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05pm at 16.08.2018,” read a statement released by AIIMS on Thursday at 5.30pm.

After the news spread, PM Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets, “Atal Ji’s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories with him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit.”

In the morning, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) issued a statement which read that the former PM hasn’t seen any improvement in his health condition since Wednesday evening. His health had worsened on Wednesday and he was put on life support systems by doctors.

“Vajpayee’s condition continues to be the same. He is critical and on life support,” the AIIMS said. Vajpayee, who is diabetic, was admitted to AIIMS since June 11 for urinary tract infection, kidney tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. The doctors had said back then that he was in the hospital for routine health check up.

As the news of Vajpayee’s deteriorating health came to fore, a number of ministers and political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited the AIIMS on Wednesday and Thursday. These included BJP veteran and former deputy PM LK Advani, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, environment minister Harsh Vardhan and BJP national president Amit Shah.

The three-time PM, who was born on December 25, 1924, was conferred with the Bharat Ratna in 2015.