Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passes away LIVE: On Thursday. the former Prime Minister and BJP veteran leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at AIIMS in Delhi. Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93. Mourning the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, President Kovind said that he will be missed by one and all. The following development comes to light almost two months after he was admitted to the hospital. According to the last health bulletin released from AIIMS, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was said to be on the life support system and was extremely critical.
A while ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Smriti Irani had visited AIIMS to meet and inquire about Vajpayee’s health. PM Modi who had gone to see former PM Vajpayee, spent around 50 minutes, after which he left from AIIMS.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passes away LIVE updates:
1:00 am | Remembering the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after he passed away on August 16 (Thursday), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray shared these photos, paying tribute to the former PM.
12:26 am | Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.
11:00pm | Travel advisory for August 17, when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be accorded with a state funeral.
10:21pm | Pakistan Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan Imran Khan was a tall political personality of the subcontinent. His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Vajpayee, as a foreign minister, took responsibility of improving India-Pakistan ties.”
10:11pm | Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi. “His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul,” Sonia Gandhi said.
9:48pm| Home Minister Rajnath Singh and EAM Sushma Swaraj pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.
9:47 pm| Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter’s residence
9:46pm| President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter’s residence in Delhi.
9:45pm| Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi.
9:43pm | Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while expressing grief on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death said, “On behalf of government and people of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I express our heartfelt sympathy & condolences to government and the mourning people of India, and to the members of the bereaved family. We pray for the eternal peace of his soul.”
9:42pm| Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu while mourning the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said, “Today nation lost a great statesman. He was a believer of national development. During Kargil also we have seen his statesmanship & great fighting spirit. He brought so many reforms. I had a very good rapport with him. We never had any differences.”
9:40pm| Mourning the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “His demise has marked the end of an era. In Atal ji’s passing away, it is as if I have lost my father. It’s a void which can never be filled.”
9:28pm| Mourning the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “We are all deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayee ji. He was one of the tallest leaders of India. He was loved by the entire nation. May his soul rest in peace.”
9:00pm| National Flag to fly at half-mast throughout India and Indian missions abroad till 22 August as part of country-wide mourning for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
8:33pm| State funeral for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be held on August 17 at Smriti Sthal. The government has announced a Half day holiday in the afternoon of day of funeral in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country as well as Delhi government offices.
7:51pm| Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is overseeing all arrangements. He spent 36 hours in last 3-days in AIIMS. He was Atalji’s poll agent in 1996 when he fought from Gujarat. After winning the Lok Sabha seat with huge margin, he asked Amit bhai,’ Aap itne votes kaise le aate ho?’
7:50pm| Former President Pranab Mukherjee while speaking on Vajpayee’s demise said that he was a great leader. Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpyaee was a jewel to him. I had the pleasure of conferring him with Bharat Ratna. Though he was not well so I met him at his place and conferred. He successfully led the coalition government and began a conversation with Pakistan which was needed at the most. He did Pokhran 2 and faced sanctions from the world with courage and conviction. He created atmosphere of politics of consensus not of confortation. This is a great lesson for country.
7:47pm| Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh describing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a towering personality who would always remain a beacon to inspire the young politicians to tread the path of value-based politics. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said that Vajpayee was a multifaceted personality and a fine human being with the qualities of the head and heart. He was a true statesman, a great scholar, an eminent poet besides a heartthrob of millions of countrymen.
As a mark of respect, the Punjab Government has declared that all its offices, boards, corporations and other public sector undertakings besides educational institutions would remain close on Friday. The Government has also declared 3-day mourning in memory of Atal ji.
“Vajpayee’s stint as Prime Minister would be remembered by one and all for his path-breaking initiatives viz Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, Sarv Siksha Abhiyan, Telecom Revolution and introduction of Fiscal Responsibility Act, which transformed the destiny of India,” Amarinder Singh said.
Recalling his personal ties with Vajpayee, the Chief Minister said, “As Prime Minister. Atal ji had extremely cordial and warm relations with all the Chief Ministers irrespective of their party affiliations and treated them equally without any prejudice of regionalism. He has left an indelible imprint in the Indian polity and global arena, strengthening the bonds of peace, communal harmony and national integration.”
7:36pm| Bihar government has announced that all schools, colleges and government offices will remain closed on August 17. Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has also declared a holiday in the state for tomorrow.
7:30pm|Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi also took to Twitter and said, “A thorough Gentleman. Most respectful of public officials. He respected our view-points and supported what was right. Here is Prime Minister Vajpayee when he came visiting Chandigarh. I was then the IGP of the UT.”
7:25pm| Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan share his condolence over the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The people of Kerala joins with the rest of the country in mourning.
7:15pm| The Central government has announced a 7-day state mourning throughout India. During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India where its regularly flown. Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be accorded with a state funeral.
7:10pm| Preparations are underway at the residence of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where his mortal remains will be brought shortly. Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS for the last 9 weeks.
7:07pm| Expressing his grief on Vajpayee’s death, Industrialist Ratan Tata said, “All of us who knew Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humour. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us.”
7:04pm| Tamil Nadi governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and DMK working chief MK Stalin, Kanimozhi will be leaving for Delhi tomorrow morning to pay their last respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
7:00pm| Take a look at this video when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had met Narendra Modi when he was just a BJP worker.
6:50pm| In another tweet, Pranab Mukherjee said, “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A reasoned critique in opposition and a seeker of consensus as PM, Atal Ji was a democrat to the core. In his passing away, India has lost a great son and an era has come to an end. My deepest condolences. ”
6:45pm| Former Prime Minister Pranab Mukherjee shared his condolence through a letter to Smt Namita Bhattacharya after the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today.
6:37 pm | Former finance minister P Chidambaram also mourned the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that he always stopped BJP from swinging to the extreme left. He added that nation will remember him for all the work he did for the country.
6:30 pm | Mourning the death of BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani penned an emotion letter and said, “I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact, he was my closest friend for over 65 years.
I cherish the memories of my long association with him, right from our days as Pracharaks of the RSS, to the inception of Bharatiya Jana Singh, the struggle of the dark months during the Emergency leading to the formation of Janata Party and later the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.
Atalji will be remembered as the pioneer of the first ever stable non-Congress coalition government at the Centre and I had the privilege of working as his deputy for six years.
As my senior, he always encouraged and guided me in every possible manner.
His captivating leadership qualities, mesmerising oratory, soaring patriotism and above all, his sterling humane qualities like compassion, humility and his remarkable ability to win over adversaries despite ideological differences have all had a profound effect on me in all my years in public life.
I will miss Atalji immensely…”
6:18 pm | Condoling the death of BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, JDS chief HD Deve Gowda said that with Vajpayee passing away, the country has lost a statesman and a true parliamentarian.
6:15 pm | Mourning the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said that its chief, Sharad Pawar has expressed sorrow over the demise of BJP stalwart at AIIMS in Delhi.
6:12 pm | Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Shri N Chandrababu Naidu expresses deep sorrow and condolences on the sad demise of former prime minister and Bharatratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
6:04 pm | Reacting over the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, West Bengal Chief Minister said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passing away is a big loss to the nation.
6:01 pm | BJP has called in a cabinet meeting to mourn the death of BJP’s stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After it was reported that Vajpayee is no more, the flag at the BJP headquarters was brought half down.
5:53 pm | Taking to his Twitter handle, President Ram Nath Kovind mourned the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and termed it as a great loss. He further termed Vajpayee was a true statesman. Calling him a Gentle Gaint, Prez Kovind said that he will be missed by one and all.
5:38 pm | Issuing a press release on Thursday evening, AIIMS said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at 5:05 pm. Final rites to be performed on the evening of August 17.
5:30 pm | BSP supremo Mayawati arrives at AIIMS in Delhi to meet the BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is said to be in a critical condition.
5:20 pm | Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Modi and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav arrive in Delhi to meet BJP stalwart at AIIMS.
5:19 pm | Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at AIIMS to meet Atal bihari Vajpayee in Delhi.
5:10 pm | Next health update to be released at 5:30 PM
5:00 pm | Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him. We pray to the God to make him healthy soon & bless him with a long life, said Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.
4:38 pm | Social activist Kailash Satyarthi arrives at AIIMS in Delhi to meet BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
3:48 pm | Several BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr Jitendra Singh, Bhupendra Yadav, RP Singh, Anil Balooni, Varun Gandhi, Zafar Islam, Vijay Sonkar and several other leaders have reached Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s house.
3:40 pm | While addressing a gathering in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee is in the hospital and they are praying for him. The Congress president has arrived at AIIMS to meet Vajpayee.
3:28 pm | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat leaves for Delhi to meet BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS.
2:47 pm | Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee is under the supervision of doctors and still remains to be critical.
2:45 pm | Rumours suggesting that the BJP stalwart died at 93 had surfaced. The matter was reported by DD news that later issued an apology over the reports.
2:39 pm | Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Jitendra Singh & BJP Leader Bhuepnder Yadav outside the residence of former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee in Delhi.
2:30 pm | BJP president Amit Shah and PM Modi who are present at AIIMS in Delhi were recently briefed by a panel of doctors who are looking after the health of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
2:13 pm | AIIMS will be releasing the health bulletin of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at around 5 pm.
2:10 pm | Commenting about her visit to Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister said that she has cancelled all her works to visit Atal Bihar Vajpayee at AIIMS. She said that she had a chance to work with the BJP stalwart earlier and compared him to a statesman.
2:00 pm | PM Narendra Modi arrived at AIIMS to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This is said to be his second visit in last 24 hours. He had last visited Vajpayee last night on August 15.
1:39 pm | Speaking about the health condition of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said that he was distressed after hearing about the condition of BJp stalwart. He added that he had served for two years in Vajpayee’s cabinet. He further added that he will be flying to Delhi today to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS
1:18 pm | Prayers being offered for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sakteshwar Mahadev Ashram in Ludhiana.
1:01 pm | Youth Congress leader Shakir Khan from Madhya Pradesh has offered a ‘chadar’ at dargah in Gwalior.
12:47 pm | DMK working president, MK Stalin said that he was concerned after hearing about the health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said that his thoughts are with the family and friends of senior BJP leader. His father and DMK chief M karunanidhi had passed away on August 7.
12:30 pm | Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, also visited AIIMS to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Talking to media, he said that he was the leader who wanted to make a strong India. He added that he Vajpayee wanted peace not only in the country but across the world.
12:22 pm | Students at ND Convent Public School in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, pray for Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s better health.
12:13 am | Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrive at AIIMS to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
11:45 am | As per reports, all the family members of Atal Bihari Vajpayee have reached his home at Krishna Menon Marg. Anup Mishra and Ranjan Bhattacharya are the among those who still haven’t reached the residence.
11:37 am | Heavy security has been deployed outside AIIMS to avoid any sort of violence. Reports add that area around Vajpayee’s home has also been cordoned off.
11:36 am | Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting AIIMS at around 12:15 to meet the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
11:30 am | Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has reportedly cancelled his Janashirwad Yatra and is coming to Delhi to meet ex-PM Vajpayee who is admitted at AIIMS
11:25 am | Muslim family offers Namaz in Mumbai for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health. the family says that they knew him very well.
11:17 am | Taking cognizance of the critical health of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and visits by several senior politicians to AIIMS, Delhi traffic police has issued a traffic advisory and asked the commuters to avoid the roads where they might end up sitting in traffic jams for hours.
11: 11 am | As per the latest health bulletin released by AIIMS, Vajpayee’s condition continues to be critical and is said to be on life support system. AIIMS is expected to release another health bulletin at around 12 pm.
11:00 am | Several BJP leaders have started visiting AIIMS to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee. BJP leader Anurag Thakur and Jitendra Singh were seen visiting the hospital to meet the former prime minister who is said to be in a critical condition.
10:55 am | Sushma Swaraj and Radha Mohan Singh reach AIIMS in Delhi to meet the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His latest health bulletin is said to be released shortly.
10:23 am | Senior BJP leader LK Advani along with his daughter Pratibha Advani arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.
10:18 am | Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at AIIMS to meet former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He is currently on life support system and is extremely critical.
10:08 am | Commenting on the health condition of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his niece Kanti Mishra said that she is praying to God that he gets well soon. She added that they all want to see him deliver a speech again from the stage.
10:04 am | Students of Government Ayurvedic College in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, are praying for a speedy recovery of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is admitted at AIIMS. According to the last health bulletin, Vajpayee is on life support system and is said to be in a critical condition.
9:20 am | Next health bulletin of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is expected to be out by 10 am today.
9:11 am | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be travelling all the way to Delhi to meet the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is admitted at AIIMS following his critical health condition. She will be leaving her state by 2:50 pm to arrive in Delhi.
8:58 am | As per the current press release from the AIIMS, Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health has deteriorated in last 24 hours following which he was shifted on ventilators. From past few hours, since it was reported that BJP’s stalwart is in critical condition, several seniro politicians from PM Modi to Rahul Gandhi have visited AIIMS to meet the EX-PM.
8:56 am | BJP president Amit Shah arrives at AIIMS to visit former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi.
8:50 am | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to pay a visit to Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS anytime soon.
16/08/18 – 8:20 am | Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit AIIMS today to check on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose health condition has deteriorated and is said to be on life-support. Many other political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu have already visited Vajpayee after the hospital released a statement indicating Vajpayee’s worsened condition.
12:00 am | As former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is on the life support system, according to latest health bulletin by AIIMS, people across the country are praying for his good health.
10:19 pm | After former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health condition deteriorated on Wednesday evening, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) released a health update. The AIIMS in its bulletin said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last 9 weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and is on a life support system.
9:50 pm | According to reports, Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister Arun Jaitley and his wife also visited AIIMS on Wednesday evening to inquire about Vajpayee’s health.
9:20 pm | After former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health deteriorated on Wednesday evening, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also visited AIIMS following PM Modi and Smriti Irani to inquire about his health.
9:15 pm Earlier on August 13, Communist Party of India (Marxist) erstwhile leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had passed away at the age of 89, after multiple organ failure. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata. Somnath Chatterjee had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke earlier in June this year. Several senior politicians across party lines had expressed grief on Chatterjee’s death. He had served as Lok Sabha speaker from 2004 to 2009 during the UPA I regime.
9:05 pm Prior to that, on August 7, the country had lost another senior leader M Karunanidhi. DMK patriarch and the one who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for almost two decades, M Karunanidhi took his last breath at the age of 94 on August 7 at 6:10 pm at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. Muthuvel Karunanidhi had served as Tamil Nadu chief minister between 1969 and 2011. The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi was accorded with a state funeral and a 7-day mourning. Karunanidhi burial had taken place at Marina Beach in Chennai on August 8.
9:00 pm Besides, M Karunanidhi and Somnath Chatterjee, another senior leader who passed away earlier in the month was veteran Congress personality and former Union Minister RK Dhawan. He had passed away on August 6 (Monday) in Delhi at the age of 81. RK Dhawan was former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s personal secretary and held that post for a very long time. Dhawan was known to be someone who was close to Indira Gandhi. The former Congress veteran leader was admitted to Delhi’s BL Kapur hospital and took his last breath at around 7 pm on August 6. RK Dhawan was suffering through age-related ailments.
8:57 pm As per reports, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s situation has deteriorated in the last 24 hours after infection level got increased in urine, chest and kidney. A panel of doctors is constantly monitoring his situation. Also, a close relative of Vajpayee is also present at AIIMS.
8:50 pm According to reports, former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health has deteriorated in the past 24 hours. Vajpayee has been on the life support system for the past 3 days.
8:30 pm In regard to the deteriorating health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Andhra Pradesh BJP office foundation ceremony scheduled to be held on tomorrow 16th August has been postponed.
8:05 pm All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is likely to release a health update on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health.
7:50 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited AIIMS on Wednesday evening to inquire about former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health. Prior to that, Union Minister Smriti Irani had also visited AIIMS to meet Vajpayee.