Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Dies

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Dies

Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the past 24 hours. Vajpayee never hid his bitterness whenever Kargil was mentioned, but he tried to build peace with Pakistan again by holding a historic summit in Agra with the then leader of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, in 2001.

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

Earlier in the day, he paid a visit to the beloved former Prime Minister at AIIMS on Thursday.

Highlighting his efforts at bridging the gap between US-India relations, the article said: "As the Cold War ended, he moved nonaligned India closer to the United States, welcoming President Bill Clinton to India in 2000 and strengthening bonds with pledges of support for the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001". Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the hospital after being briefed about Vajpayee's health.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik who visited New Delhi AIIMS said "I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayeeji".

Considered a giant of Indian politics, he served as prime minister three times between 1996 and 2004 and was instrumental in making India a global nuclear power.

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Vajpayee was suffering from kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. Vajpayee, a diabetic, has only one functional kidney. Prayers were held across the nation for the recovery of the leader.

Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93.

In this February 1999 photo, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (left) is seen receiving Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Wagah border near Lahore, Pakistan.

"Prime Minister Vajpayee's efforts towards establishing an atmosphere of trust between India and Pakistan will be his lasting legacy,"Bilawal said, hoping that India's current leadership exhibits similar intentions and commitment towards sustainable peace in South Asia". He gave the go-ahead for underground nuclear tests in 1998 believing nuclear weapons would be deterrent against China and Pakistan.

Foreign policy under Vajpayee saw many innovations, particularly his attempts to reset India-Pakistan ties.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health LIVE updates: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi arrived at All India Institute of Medical Science.

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