Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was admitted said in a statement.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee paying his tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee had described him as a reasoned critique in the opposition, who dominated the space like a titan, and a seeker of consensus as prime minister.
According to the Indian media reports, the former Indian prime minister was suffering from chronic kidney disease since a long time. Not just politicians, Bollywood celebs, and TV stars are also mourning the death of Vajpayee.
"It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick".
From defining India's relations with Pakistan and strengthening the country to being known as a poet and an orator par excellence, India will remember former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for many facets of his life.
He said, in characteristic Vajpayee style, that Mother India was sad as "her most beloved prince had gone to sleep".
Mr Advani, whose Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990s gave huge electoral dividends to the BJP, announced Vajpayee as the prime ministerial candidate of his party in 1995. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. He was being treated for a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. The 93-year old BJP leader breathed his last at Delhi's AIIMS today at 05:05 pm.
Vajpayee boosted trade with the United States, and he helped organize a 2000 visit to Delhi by President Bill Clinton, the first American president to visit India since Jimmy Carter did so in 1978.
"In Atalji's demise, the nation has lost a stalwart who was known for statesmanship and astute leadership". Vajpayee will be cremated Friday in the Indian capital with full state honours, BJP chief Amit Shah said.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a leader par excellence. Pakistan waited a few weeks, and then conducted its own nuclear tests.
Vajpayee's health took a turn for the worse after he suffered a stroke in 2009.