Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji Died at 93 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee  ( 25 December 1924 – 16 August 2018) was an Indian politician who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. A member of the BJP, he was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office.

He was a member of the parliament for over four decades, having been elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. He served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh until 2009 when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. Vajpayee was among the founding members of the BJS, of which he was the president from 1968 to 1972. The BJS merged with several other parties to form the Janta Dal, which won the 1977 general elections. Vajpayee became the Minister of external affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai. He resigned in 1979, and the Janata alliance collapsed soon after. The erstwhile members of the BJS formed the BJP in 1980, with Vajpayee as its first president.

DEATH

Atal Bihari Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 which impaired his speech. His health had been a major source of concern; reports said he was confined to a wheelchair and failed to recognize people. He also suffered from dementia and long-term diabetes. For many years, he had not attended any public engagements and rarely ventured out of the house, except for checkups at the AIIMS.

On 11 June 2018, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS in critical condition following a kidney infection. He died there at 5:05 pm IST on 16 August 2018 at the age of 93. On the morning of 17 August, Vajpayee’s body draped with the Indian flag was taken to the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters where party workers paid their tributes till 1 p.m. Later that afternoon at 4 p.m., Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Raj Ghat, his pyre was lit by his foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. Over thousands of people and many dignitaries attended his funeral procession including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kowind. On 19 August, his ashes were immersed in the Ganges at Haridwar by his daughter Namita.

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