Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death Highlights | Leaders across party lines bid adieu to BJP Stalwart

17 August 2018, 12:30 AM
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death LIVE: Final journey will begin at 1:30 pm tomorrow
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death LIVE: Final journey will begin at 1:30 pm tomorrow

Former prime minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, surrounded by closed ones and top national leaders, passed away at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi on Thursday following multiple organs failure. He was undergoing treatment for kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and reduced urine output and was kept on life support for the last three days. He was 93.

93-year-old Vajpayee, the only non-Congress leader to complete a five-year tenure as PM of India, was admitted to AIIMS hospital on June 11. He was diagnosed with a kidney tract infection, a urinary tract infection chest congestion. Several BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan Singh and others, visited the ailing BJP veteran at AIIMS hospital on Wednesday night.

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LIVE updates on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Death:

# 12:15 AM: Top leaders continue to throng Vajpayee's Delhi residence.

# 12:04 AM: Mumbai: Lights of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station (CMST) to remain off today as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 11:40 PM: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 11:20 PM: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 10:47 PM: Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Ghulam Nabi Azad pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 10:45 PM: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 10:12 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a tall political personality of the subcontinent. His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Mr Vajpayee, as a foreign minister,took responsibility of improving India-Pak ties, says Pakistan PM-in-waiting Imran Khan.

# 10:08 PM: His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul, says the UPA Chairperson.

# 10:07 PM: I'm deeply saddened by the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee was a towering figure in our national life.Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts whether as a parliamentarian,a cabinet minister or PM: Sonia Gandhi.

# 10:02 PM: I pay tribute to him. The country has lost the tallest leader. He was a tree under whose shade many found refuge: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

# 10:01 PM: Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 10:00 PM: Today nation lost a great statesman. He was a believer of national development. During Kargil also we have seen his statesmanship and great fighting spirit. He brought so many reforms. I had a very good rapport with him. We never had any differences: Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.

# 09:55 PM: We are saddened by the passing of former PM of India #AtalBihariVajpayee. We will remember him as one of India’s greatest leaders. Shri Vajpayee was much respected in the UK as a statesman par excellence: British High Commissioner to India

# 09:52 PM: Former President Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

# 09:51 PM: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

# 09:50 PM: President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

# 09:49 PM: Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

# 09:40 PM: Bangladesh Prime Minister Seikh Hasina condoles death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 09:36 PM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and EAM Sushma Swaraj pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the his residence in Delhi.

# 09:31 PM: We have learnt with sadness the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in New Delhi: Pakistan government.

# 09:29 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

# 09:25 PM: We are all deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayee ji. He was one of the tallest leaders of India. He was loved by the entire nation. May his soul rest in peace: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

# 09:24 PM: Public homage at Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Delhi residence today

# 09:16 PM: His demise has marked the end of an era. In Atal ji's passing away, it is as if I have lost my father. It's a void which can never be filled, says Modi.

# 09:14 PM: India has lost its 'anmol ratna'. We are at a loss of words: PM Narendra Modi on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death.

# 09:06 PM: Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee wrapped in the Tricolour.

# 08:58 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death: An interaction between Congress President Rahul Gandhi and eminent academics scheduled on August 18 in Delhi has been postponed

# 08:33 PM: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence, where his mortal remains are kept.

# 08:30 PM: At 9 am tomorrow his mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters and at 1 pm his last journey will begin. Funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal: Amit Shah

# 08:27 PM: Odisha government has declared government holiday on Friday in the state; all government offices, schools & colleges to remain shut across the state.

# 08:25 PM: With his demise, we lost the pole star of the Indian sky. He was multifaceted. The nation lost a tall leader, BJP lost its first National President, crores of youth lost their inspiration. It is impossible to fill that void, says Amit Shah.

# 08:16 PM: The funeral will be held at Smriti Sthal. Half day holiday in the afternoon of day of funeral in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country as well as Delhi government offices,

# 08:14 PM: The mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been brought to his Delhi residence.

# 08:12 PM: Noted singer Lata Mangeshkar grives on the loss of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 08:09 PM: The demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not only a loss for the country, it is big loss for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the first Prime Minister to understand the agony of our people: Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti.

# 08:05 PM: A public holiday has also been declared tomorrow by UttarPradesh government.

# 08:01 PM: Seven day state mourning and public holiday tomorrow has been declared by Madhya Pradesh Government.

# 07:58 PM: Convoy with the mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from AIIMS. The mortal remains to be taken to his residence.

# 07:54 PM: The Jharkhand government declares seven-day mourning in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the state govt has also declared a state holiday tomorrow.

# 07:53 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's last rites will take place at 1:30 pm on Friday.

# 07:52 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's body will be taken to BJP Head Quarter at 9 am tomorrow. The mortal remains will be kept at his Delhi residence tonight.

# 07:52 PM: The Punjab Government has declared three-day mourning in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 07:48 PM: All Punjab Offices/Boards/Corporation and Educational Institutions of the state will remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 07:43 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an eminent statesman known for his wisdom moderation intact. His way of communication was unique and made him extremely popular. This kind of a person comes once in a blue moon. He will be remembered for a long time, says former Vice President Hamid Ansari.

# 07:36 PM: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan remembers Vajpayee: Atal ji was like a star in the sky of politics, which shone brighter than everyone else. He had the unique ability to bring everyone together. Even if you ask the opposition they hold a sense of respect for him.

# 07:35 PM: Public holiday has been declared by Delhi and Bihar government tomorrow.

# 07:33 PM: As former prime minister left for his heavenly abode, all the schools and colleges will remain closed in Delhi on Friday.

# 07:32 PM: United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering U.S.-India relations: US Embassy India

# 07:30 PM: Former president Paranab Mukherjee condoles death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Though he was suffering for a long time I did not believe that the end will come. Fate snatched him away from us. He carried conviction with everybody.

# 07:21 PM: I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years: LK Advani.

# 07:20 PM: He was a great politician and loved by millions. It's unimaginable to think that our beloved Atal Ji is no more with us. This is an end of a political era, the void of his absence can never be filled: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

# 07:17 PM: Public homage will be at BJP Head Quarter from 9 am on Friday.

# 07:14 PM: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath remmebers Atal Bihari Vajpayee: He worked in the national interest rather than personal interest, he brought a political stability to our country. His ashes will be spread in every river in UP to respect his grand stature.

# 07:06 PM: Central Government announces seven day state mourning throughout India: During this period the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where its regularly flown. State funeral will also be accorded.

# 06:56 PM: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis's reaction on Vajpayee's demise: He may be not with us physically but his vision will always be with us, losing a person whom we always looked up to is a personal loss for all of us and I am sure we will always take inspiration from his ideology.

# 06:54 PM: Delhi: Preparations underway at the residence of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where his mortal remains will be brought shortly.

# 06:48 PM: Ratan Tata mourns Vajpayee's death, says All of us who knew Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away.  He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humour. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us.

# 06:47 PM: The mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi tomorrow for last tributes.

# 06:44 PM: Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is 'ajatshatru' of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

# 06:43 PM: National Executive meeting of the BJP which was scheduled to be held on August 18-19 has been cancelled.

# 06:41 PM: It is a big loss for the country, he was a very simple man inspite of being such a senior leader.There was not even a shred of arrogance in him.Current leaders need to learn a lot from him: Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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# 06:29 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a great statesman, says Mamata Banerjee

# 06:28 PM: Vajpayee nursed BJP into a banyan tree in Indian politics, says Amit Shah

# 06:27 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's body will be taken to his residence where people can pay their last respects: Rajnath Singh

# 06:22 PM: Former primi minister Manmohan Singh on Vajpayee's demise: I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vaajpayee ji.  An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional public servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister.

# 06:21 PM: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reacts on the demise of Atal Bihari Vaajpayee: I am deeply grieved at the sad demise of Vajpayee Ji. India has lost one of its tallest leaders.

# 06:08 PM: Congress pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: 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, the official Twitter handle of the RahulGandhi-led party wrote.

# 06:07 PM: Rajnath Singh reacts on Vajpayee's death: This is a very sad moment for us that Atal ji is no more. Shortly his mortal remains will be taken to his residence where people can pay tribute to him, says the Home Minister.

# 06:06 PM: Top leaders gather outside AIIMS: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reaches AIIMS, where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee passed away during treatment.

# 06:05 PM: Rahul Gandhi on Vajpayee's death: Today India lost a great son.  Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him, tweeted the Congress president.

# 06:02 PM: Veteran leader LK Advani condoles Vajpayee's demise: I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 06:00 PM: Veteran leader LK Advani condoles Vajpayee's demise: I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

# 05:43 PM: Kovind on Atal Bihari Vajpyee: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman, says President Ram Nath Kovind

# 05:40 PM: PM Narendra Modi on Vajpyee's demise: I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now.Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation.

# 05:35 PM: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Dead: Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vaajpayee passes away in AIIMS. He was 93.

# 05:25 PM: Raman Singh arrives at AIIMS: The Chhattisgarh chief minister enquires about Vajpayee's condition.

# 05:15 PM: Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at AIIMS: The Madhya Pradesh CM pays visit to Atal Bihari Vajpyee.

# 05:00 PM: Union Minister JP Nadda visits Vajpayee: The ex prime minister continues to be critical. Doctors are trying their best, says the Health and Family Welfare minister outside AIIMS.

# 04:45 PM: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh's prayer for Vajpayee: Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him. We pray to the God to make him healthy soon and bless him with a long life.

# 04:49 PM: Top leaders arriving at AIIMS: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Modi and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav arrive at AIIMS, where Vajpayee is admitted.

# 04:22 PM: Vajpayee's then advisor Ashok Tandon remembers old days with him: People in India and outside are praying for him. Entire country loves him. Present generation of politicians draws inspiration from him. The manner in which he maintained dignity in the Parliament is exemplary.

# 04:16 PM: Kailash Satyarthi arrives at AIIMS: The social activist will pay visit to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

# 03:46 PM: Rahul Gandhi reaches AIIMS: Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at AIIMS to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister is on life support system.

# 03:42 PM: Amit Shah visits Vajpayee: BJP President Amit Shah leaves from AIIMS where former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted

# 03:07 PM: Rahul Gandhi's prayer for Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Vajayee ji is in hospital and we pray for him: Congress president at 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in Delhi.

# 02:43 PM: Rajnath Singh visits Atal Bihari Vajpayee: His condition continues to be critical, the Home Minister told reporters.

# 02:19 PM: Muzaffar Ali prays for Vajpayee: My prayers are with him, his presence is a great power to our democracy, He is a large-hearted person. Even if I opposed him, he was very dignified about it which speaks volume. He is very generous and very forthcoming, the filmmaker says.

# 02:11 PM: Union Ministers arrive at Vajpayee's residence: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Jitendra Singh and BJP Leader Bhuepnder Yadav outside Atal Bihari Vaajpayee's Delhi residence.

# 02:07 PM: Mamata Banerjee to reach Delhi shortly: I have cancelled my work to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee today. I got chance to work with him. He is a statesman like figure. We supported him when his govt was falling. His pattern of work was different and not like present politics, says West Bengal Chief Minister.

# 01:55: PM Modi, Amit Shah visit Vajpayee: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah reach AIIMS to pay a visit to Atal Bihari Vajpayee once again.

# 01:50 PM: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

# 01:50 PM: Top leaders visit Vajpayee at AIIMS: Top national political leaders, including National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, BJP veteran LK Advani and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at AIIMS.

# 01:45 PM: Security beefed up outside AIIMS: Security beefed up at AIIMS and Vajpayee's residence. Entry to AIIMS hospital shut in view of security concerns.

# 01:45 PM: Modi to visit AIIMS again: PM Modi reaching AIIMS to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee shortly.

# 01:40 PM: Special prayers for Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Special prayers offered for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sakteshwar Mahadev Ashram in Ludhiana.

# 01:35 PM: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Atal Bihari Vajpayee: I served as a member of his cabinet for two years, to hear about his health is distressing. He is a great leader and to work under him was a very good experience. I would be flying to Delhi today.

# 12:30 PM: Farooq Abdullah visits Atal in hospital: We all should pray for his recovery. We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world: Farooq Abdullah, National Conference

# 11:50 AM: India prays for Atal: Prayers underway for Atal Bihari Vajpayee in ND Convent Public School in Lucknow.

# 11:00 AM: Vajpayee's condition remains critical: AIIMS hospital released a new health bulletin on Vajpayee's health. "Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition continues to remain the same. He is critical and on life support systems," AIIMS statement read.

#09:40 AM: Rajnath Singh visits Vajpayee at AIIMS: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee’s condition is critical & he is on life support system

# 08:50 AM: Mamata Banerjee to visit Delhi today: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to travel to Delhi later today, will visit AIIMS where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

# 08:30 AM: Amit visits Vajpayee at AIIMS hospital: BJP President Amit Shah arrives at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee’s condition is critical & he is on life support system.

# 08:00 AM: Next health update on 9:00 AM: All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Hospital will release next bulletin on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health at 9:00 AM.

# 07:00 AM: Ten facts about Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Vajpayee was jailed for a short period for raising his voice against the British Colonial rule. He started supporting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Jan Sangh as a teenager. He left law school to work for an RSS magazine in the early 50s. His RSS roots were crucial for his massive role in the BJP..... Read More Here

# 06:45 AM: Venkaiah Naidu arrives at AIIMS to meet Vajpayee: Vice President and former BJP minister Venkaiah Naidu arrived at Delhi's AIIMS on Thursday morning to visit ailing former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is on life support system in a critical condition.

# 06:30 AM: PM Modi visits Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening reached AIIMS hospital to meet ailing ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Wednesday visuals)

# 06:00 AM: Hello and welcome to News Nation Live Updates: Atal Bihar Vajpayee, a statesman politician and only non-Congress leader to complete five-year tenure as PM of India, is in critical condition. He is on life support system at Delhi's AIIMS hospital. We are keeping a close eye on his health and bring you all the latest updates on Atal Bihar Vajpayee's health. Stay with us.

First Published: Thursday, August 16, 2018 06:44 AM
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