Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the longest living PM, breathed his last on Thursday evening at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader who was known for his inspiring speeches was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. Vajpayee, a diabetic, had only one functional kidney and had also suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the AIIMS last evening to enquire about Vajpayee’s condition. His visit was followed by several leaders and ministers including Suresh Prabhu, Jitendra Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Shahnawaz Hussain.