PM Modi, Amit Shah revisit AIIMS as Vajpayee remains on life support

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah rushed back to AIIMS to meet former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is on life support system at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

AIIMS on Thursday said that the condition of Vajpayee continues to remain critical.

The hospital issued a fresh medical bulletin and said that there was no change in the condition of Vajpayee’s health who was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 for a urinary tract infection and chest congestion. He is being treated in the intensive care unit of the cardiothoracic and neuroscience tower at AIIMS since then.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached AIIMS on Thursday afternoon, for the second time in the past 24 hours. He will be briefed by doctors at the AIIMS.

BJP chief Amit Shah, several union ministers, and leaders from across party lines including Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited the hospital to check on the veteran BJP leader’s deteriorating health. Security has been beefed up around AIIMS premises.

In June, the team of doctors treating Vajpayee had said that he was suffering from a lower respiratory tract infection and kidney-related ailments.

The former prime minister’s overall health had deteriorated after he suffered a stroke in 2009 that hampered his brain function. He has diabetes, has one functional kidney and developed dementia after the stroke.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first non-Congress PM to complete a full five-year term in office.