Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister and BJP stalwart, has been put on a life-support system, the AIIMS said in a statement on Wednesday. The hospital said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition worsened over the past 24 hours. Mr Vajpayee was admitted to the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
However, soon the hospital had said that he was stable and on a path to recovery. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the AIIMS on Wednesday evening to inquire about Mr Vajpayee’s condition. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi also visited the hospital. Many BJP leaders have visited the hospital.
PM Narendra Modi and other leaders visit AIIMS to see former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who has been on life support for the last couple of days. https://t.co/M1jo963bwy
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The poet-Prime Minister, an awarded parliamentarian, is renowned for his sparkling oratory, often laced with humour. He made many powerful and historic speeches; here are extracts from three of the most memorable ones.
1. “Today, at 15:45 hours, India conducted three underground nuclear tests in the Pokhran range. These tests conducted today were with a fission device, a low-yield device and a thermonuclear device. The measured yields are in line with expected values. Measurements have also confirmed that there was no release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. These were contained explosions like the experiment conducted in May 1974. I warmly congratulate the scientists and engineers who have carried out these successful tests.” – Then-Prime Minister Mr Vajpayee announces India’s nuclear weapon tests.
2. “You want to run the country. It’s a very good thing. Our congratulations are with you. We will be completely involved in the service of our country. We bow down to the strength of majority. We assure you that till the time the work that we started with our bare hands in national interest is not completed, we shall not rest. Respected speaker, I am going to the President to tender my resignation.” – Mr Vajpayee speaks in Lok Sabha after the fall of his 13-day-old government in 1996.
3. “As we talk with candour, we open the doors to new possibilities and new areas of cooperation in advance in democracy, in combating terrorism, in energy and environment, science and technology and international peacekeeping. And we are discovering that our shared values and common interests are leading us to seek a natural partnership of shared endeavours. India and the United States have taken a decisive step, away from the past. The dawn of the new century has marked a new beginning in our relations. Let us work to fulfil this promise and the hope of today. Let us remove the shadow of agitation that lies between us and our joint vision. Let us use the strength of all that we have in common to build together a future that we wish for ourselves and for the world we live in.” – Mr Vajpayee addresses a joint session of the US Congress in 2000.