Atal Behari Vaypayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Former PM Vajpayee put on life support as health worsens

He suffered a stroke in 2009 and was also hospitalised that year with a serious respiratory infection.

Earlier in the evening, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani had visited the hospital to check on Vajpayee.

Vajpayee was returned to the premiership in 1999 after his BJP-led coalition secured a comfortable majority in the wake of a two-month long war with Pakistan over control of Kashmir.

Full diplomatic relations were established in 1992.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited him Wednesday night and Vice-President Venkiah Naidu on Thursday.

Vajpayee, 93, was the oldest living former Indian prime minister.

Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said, "India loses one of its great leaders". He was a lifelong poet who revered nature but who oversaw India's growth into a swaggering regional economic power.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has postponed its national executive meeting in view of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's deteriorating health condition, News18 reported. Then, a few years later, it was Vajpayee who made the first moves toward peace.

As mentioned above, several celebrities condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Twitter.

He was the moderate leader of an often-strident Hindu nationalist movement. Thereafter, he was elected to the parliament many times, to both houses of Indian parliament - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He also served two terms in the Rajya Sabha, or upper house.

AIIMS in its latest medical bulletin said, "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05 pm on 16.8.2016. Born on December 25, 1924, in Uttar Pradesh's Gwalior, Vajpayee was an Indian politician who served as the Prime Minister of India between 1996 and 2004 in three non-consecutive terms.

In July 2001, Mr Vajpayee hosted Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf for the historic Agra summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the nation, said that Vajpayee's voice and legacy will live on. India earned worldwide praise for its caution. Delhi-Lahore bus service On February 19 in 1999, Vajpayee inaugurated the Delhi-Lahore bus service and travelled in the same to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan.

"It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century", Mr Modi said in a tweet.

More than 1,000 Muslims were killed in one of the worst communal riots the country has seen after partition.

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