Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Frederick Owens
August 18, 2018

Former Indian prime minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on Thursday, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said.

Kumar in a series of tweets also shared pictures of meeting of Swaraj with other leaders separately, including Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Lakshman Kiriella.

"Besides, as the three-time prime minister of India, Vajpayee's leadership greatly contributed to the prosperity and stability of India, and the country attained steady economic growth and became a leader in information technology", Sial said.

Mr. Karzai was the first Afghan President to work with Prime Minister Vajpayee after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

"Leader who was respected deeply for his humility!"

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale was also present at the meeting.

"Heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of India on the passing of #AtalBihariVajpayee".

"Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was loved and respected by millions".

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"Sub-continent has lost a phenomenal and a visionary political figure today", the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said in a statement.

A government spokesperson said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered immersion of Vajpayee's ashes in every district as Uttar Pradesh was his "karma bhumi" and every region of the state had a close link with him.

"Efforts of Mr Vajpayee for improvement in relations between Pakistan and India will be remembered forever", said the cricketer-turned-politician.

The Vajpayee-led coalition government had secured 269 votes while the opposition got 270.

Japan's envoy to India, Kenji Hiramatsu also expressed grief over Vajpayee's death, stating that he was one of the most inspiring world leaders of our times.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vajpayee's former deputy LK Advani, BJP President Amit Shah, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have visited AIIMS over the last two days to enquire about Vajpayee's health.

"The demise of such a great leader is a great loss not only to India but also to Japan and other parts of Asia as well as the entire worldwide community".

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