Atal Bihari Vajpayee in AIIMS, condition said to be ‘critical’

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted to the AIIMS on Monday for a urinary tract infection. In a statement issued at 10.45 pm, the hospital said that the BJP patriarch was being given appropriate treatment under the supervision of a team of doctors.

Sources in AIIMS described the condition of BJP stalwart as “critical”, with his sole kidney and lung performing at their lowest capacity.

A host of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the BJP leader at the hospital. The PM met the doctors and enquired about the well-being of Vajpayee. He also met his family members and spent nearly 50 minutes at the hospital.

The three-time former PM, the last between 1999 and 2004, had been restricted mostly to his residence on Krishna Menon Marg where a team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists look after him 24×7.

BJP veteran LK Advani, BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister JP Nadda, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were among those who paid a visit to the ailing leader.

Earlier, the hospital had said that Vajpayee was admitted for a routine check-up and that his condition was stable. A team of doctors under the supervision of AIIMS director Randeep Guleria were attending to the nonagenarian leader, a statement from the hospital had said.

The 93-year-old is under supervision of AIIMS director Randeep Guleria who has been treating him for nearly 15 years. Vajpayee, who is diabetic and has only one functional kidney, suffered a stroke in 2009 which affected his cognitive abilities. Later, he developed dementia.

As news of his illness spread, people took to the social media to wish Vajpayee a speedy recovery. Following are some of the reactions: