A stream of political leaders are making their way to the bedside of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been admitted at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi for the last 9 weeks. Mr Vajpayee’s condition is critical and he is on life support system.
The 93-year-old, who was India’s 10th Prime Minister, was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection and chest congestion.
Mr Vajpayee — who retired from public life after his health turned frail — has been under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, the Director of AIIMS. For over three decades, Dr Guleria, a pulmonologist, has served as personal physician to Mr Vajpayee.
Doctors from various departments, including nephrology, gastroenterology and cardiology are also on the team taking care of the former Prime Minister, sources said.
Last evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mr Vajpayee – it was his fourth since the veteran BJP leader had been admitted at AIIMS. Others on the visitors’ list included Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi and Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee retired from public life after his health turned frail. (File)
Since morning today, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda and Venkaiah Naidu and several other leaders have visited Mr Vajpayee.
LK Advani, one of Mr Vajpayee’s closest colleagues and his home minister in the NDA government from 1998 to 2004, was among the visitors.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is to fly in to Delhi later today to visit Mr Vajpayee. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to visit him.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was thrice elected the prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and is the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004. As his health deteriorated, he had slowly withdrawn from public life.