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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Sports fraternity pays tribute to former Indian Prime Minister

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Published Aug 16, 2018, 8:06 pm IST
Updated Aug 16, 2018, 8:13 pm IST
The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deteriorated sharply in recent days.
The former journalist and poet-turned-politician was one of the few opposition lawmakers inside parliament when India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, still held office. (Photo: PTI)
 The former journalist and poet-turned-politician was one of the few opposition lawmakers inside parliament when India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, still held office. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman.

The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deteriorated sharply in recent days, with doctors placing him on life support.

 

The sudden turn sparked a flurry of visits from the sports fraternity who paid a tribute to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Vajpayee was being treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where he was admitted nine weeks ago.

"Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems. Despite the best efforts, we have lost him today," AIIMS said in a statement.

"We join the nation in deeply mourning this great loss."

The former journalist and poet-turned-politician was one of the few opposition lawmakers inside parliament when India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, still held office.

 

His more than five-decade-long career peaked in the 1990s, when his masterful oratory attracted tens of thousands of people to his rallies across the country.

He also became the first non-Congress leader since India's independence in 1947 to complete an entire term in office as head of a BJP-led ruling alliance between March 1998 and May 2004.

Vajpayee's often conciliatory tone, and poetic jibes directed at opponents, were popular on both sides of the political divide.

He withdrew from the public eye after a BJP-led alliance suffered a shock election defeat in 2004.

 

He had since rarely been seen or heard in public. It was widely reported that he suffered a stroke in 2009, which largely confined him to his New Delhi residence.

He continues to enjoy devotion in many parts of the country, especially in key bellwether Hindu-heartland states in north and central India.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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