The 93-year-old BJP patriarch and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee departed from this world on Thursday afternoon, (August 16) in New Delhi.
He was suffering from with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, chest congestion and low urine output.
A press release issued by AIIMS had mentioned that his condition had worsened and he was put on life support system.
Vajapayee was a long-term diabetic and had only one functional kidney. He had suffered from a stroke in 2009, which had weakened his cognitive ability. He subsequently developed dementia.
India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji.
His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2018
Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 16, 2018
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the effulgent shining star in India’s political firmament, was a friendly and lovable Prime Minister India has had. In his passing away, India has lost a multi-faceted ‘Ratna’, a diamond that adorned Bharata Mata for many decades. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/VqdTYoCs1X
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 16, 2018
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a great leader, loved by many & revered by all. We grieve his demise & our thoughts & prayers are with his family today. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/MmtBkPBjrK
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 16, 2018
Pained beyond words at the demise of Shri Atalji. He had cherished the ideal of a developed and powerful India in which all persons lived together in unity, peace and harmony.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 16, 2018
With the sad demise of Bharatratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, We have lost a great soul, an eloquent poet, orator par excellence, an excellent human being and one of the greatest Parliamentarians of India. pic.twitter.com/xRs1ohSop8
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) August 16, 2018
Vajapayee had thrice served as the Prime Minister of India, with the first term of 13 days in 1996, for a period of eleven months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1998 to 2004. He was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades, being elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament.