Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the first non-Indian National Congress PM to serve a full five-year term. The veteran BJP leader served as the prime minister of India thrice. Netizens paid homage to the great leader on his death.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister of India, passed away at the age of 93 on August 16. He was admitted at AIIMS, Delhi, for the last nine weeks. The veteran BJP leader was admitted on June 11, after he was diagnosed with kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection and low urine output.
His health condition had remained critical and he was kept on life support systems. Vajpayee’s condition had worsened during the last 24 hours and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited him twice during the time. The Indian politician served as the prime minister thrice. Vajpayee’s demise was mourned not only across the political spectrum but also by followers, celebrities and many others who loved and respected the leader.
As the news of his demise was known, citizens mourned the loss of the Bharat Ratna awardee including political leaders and celebrities. Not just people in India, Netizens from Pakistan too paid their respect to the iconic leader for his peace initiative with the neighbouring nation.
All of us who knew Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humor. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us.
— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) August 16, 2018
It is rare to find love and respect across the entire politcal spectrum.
Atalji, was the rarest of them all.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) August 16, 2018
“Let no one challenge India’s secularism.” – Atal Bihari Vajpayee #Salute #Respect
Growing up in India in the 1980’s and 90’s one can never forget what a deep impact #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji made on us… he was a great statesman and leader. #RIP
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 16, 2018
We often say End of an Era to describe someone’s death. But death of #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji is truly the End of an Era. The first politician I knew, I listened to.. whose speeches impacted me most.. shaped my political inclination. My first Hero. Bharat lost its Ratna. ॐ शान्ति
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) August 16, 2018
The last great statesman.
He was admired by the right wing and left wing, so there is no doubt he will fly to heaven.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 16, 2018
End of an era.. For many of us he brought hope of a better India and defined constructive/clean approach towards national politics. The best prime minister India would ever have. Bharat Ratna. Rest in peace Atal ji. pic.twitter.com/TEVbweXq0R
— Tripurari Nandan (@tripurari_tp) August 16, 2018
#AtalBihariVajpayee the man who initiated the peace between India and Pakistan. A statesman and true voice of religious intolerance. Liked by both left and right, I am deeply saddened by his sad demise. World will for sure remember him in great words.
— Shah Baaz Stouryani (@Stouryani1) August 16, 2018
#AtalBihariVajpayee – Bharat Ratna , A leader par excellence, a daring PM who made Pokhran possible, a highly principled politician & a poet of inspirational grit who was admired across party lines.
One of the Greatest PM India has ever seen. You will always be missed 😢😭 pic.twitter.com/Tla5O7y5e6
— VsAl (@ThisIsVsAl) August 16, 2018
Born in 1924 in Gwalior, Vajpayee became the first non-Indian National Congress PM to serve a full five-year term. He was first exposed to the political sphere during the Quit India movement in 1942. Vajpayee was arrested between 1975 to 1977 during the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In 1977, Vajpayee became the external affairs minister in former PM Moraji Desai’s Cabinet.