Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was today admitted to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for what doctors described as a routine check-up and investigations.
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- Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS for Routine check.
- Mr. Vajpayee being monitored by a team of doctors under institute director.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee is 93 year old.
- AIIMS said he is stable.
- Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Mr. Vajpayee.
AIIMS dismissed reports of a cardiac arrest or any specific trigger for the check-up.A team of doctors from the nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology departments is looking after the former Prime Minister, say sources.
The former PM’s health is being monitored by Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS or All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
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Vajpayee was the first head of government from outside the Congress party to serve a full five-year term, as a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is also a recipient of India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, which was conferred on him in 2015.
The BJP stalwart ruled India as prime minister between 1998-2004. As his health deteriorated, he slowly withdrew from public life and has been confined to his residence for many years.
“His condition is stable,” the hospital said in a health bulletin, adding that tests were underway.
In the 1996 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had emerged as the single-largest party. Congress had won 140 seats while BJP had 161 in its kitty. Vajpayee was thus sworn in as the 10th PM of India.
Born in 1924, Vajpayee entered politics during the Quit India movement in 1942. He was also the first external affairs minister to deliver a speech in the UN Assembly in Hindi.
Vajpayee was elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
Mr Vajpayee has been away from public life since 2009, and has not been seen leaving his home in Delhi.