Oldest living former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93


Radhika Dhawad | Aug 16, 2018 17:49

The oldest living former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today evening while undergoing treatment at Delhi's AIIMS. 
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The oldest living former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today (August 16, 2018) at 5:05 pm while undergoing treatment at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). 

Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 as he suffered with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.

The AIIMS in it’s official medical bulletin a couple of hours back had stated, “Former Prime Minister Shri 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 he’s on life support system.” 

The oldest living former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today evening while undergoing treatment at Delhi's AIIMS. 
Medical Bulletin issued by AIIMS

The 93-year-old veteran BJP leader was a diabetic, who was surviving only on one kidney. In 2009, the former prime minister had suffered a stroke that led him to weak cognitive abilities. Vajpayee, who had also developed dementia, was a recipient of Bharat Ratna, which he’d received at his residence on March 27, 2015. 

Vajpayee was under the supervision of pulmonologist Dr Randeep Guleria, who’s currently the Director of AIIMS. Dr Guleria had served as a personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades.

Earlier in the evening on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister Suresh Prabh, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi  paid a visit to AIIMS to enquire about the veteran leader’s health. Vajpayee is survived by adopted daughter Namita.