Atal Bihari Vajpayee no more, confirms AIIMS | Former Prime Minister was 93

Vajpayee's condition worsens, put on life-support system: AIIMS..

Advani and his daughter Pratibha pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "His attempts for the betterment of India-Pakistan relationship will always be remembered".

One of seven children of a schoolteacher in central India, Vajpayee joined India's Hindu revivalist political movement in his late 20s.

Together with President Bill Clinton's visit to India earlier that year in March, it ended the chill that had set in after Vajpayee's decision to conduct nuclear tests two years earlier in 1998, which had angered the U.S. and other western powers and had resulted in sanctions that are still unravelling. He will attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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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. He was one of the most inspiring world leaders of our times. "During his tenure, Prime Minister Vajpayee advocated for a robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as "natural allies", it said. He further said that Indians will reflect on Vajpayee's many contributions that led to the country's rise as a global and economic power.

President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena wrote: "Today, we have lost a great humanist and a true friend of Sri Lanka".

"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", the Foreign Office said in a statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman, his predecessor Manmohan Singh called him among modern India's tallest leaders who spent his whole life serving the country. "I extend my deepest condolences to the family & the people of India".

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The 93-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader was admitted at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

He was a key figure in the development of India's nuclear programme, ordering weapons tests in 1998, which stoked fears of an atomic war with neighouring Pakistan, which also tested a nuclear device in response.

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