Three-time Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Thursday evening. Vajpayee, 93, was on life support system at the country’s premier health institute where he was undergoing treatment for the last nine weeks.
AIIMS administration issued a press release in the evening, confirming the demise of the former PM.
From President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union minister and leaders of opposition parties expressed grief at the death of the BJP stalwart.
Here are the tweets on Vajpayee’s death:
Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former Prime Minister and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 16, 2018
मैं नि:शब्द हूं, शून्य में हूं, लेकिन भावनाओं का ज्वार उमड़ रहा है।
हम सभी के श्रद्धेय अटल जी हमारे बीच नहीं रहे। अपने जीवन का प्रत्येक पल उन्होंने राष्ट्र को समर्पित कर दिया था। उनका जाना, एक युग का अंत है।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2018
Today India lost a great son. Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him. #AtalBihariVajpayee
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 16, 2018
श्रद्धेय अटलजी का देहावसान हम सभी के लिए अपूर्णनीय क्षति है।अटलजी छात्र जीवन से ही मेरे लिए आदर्श रहे है।प्रधानमंत्री स्वर्णिम चतुर्भुज सड़क योजना और प्रधानमंत्री ग्रामीण सड़क योजना के क्रियान्वयन में उनके साथ काम करने का मौका मिला।
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 16, 2018
Bharat Ratna, former Prime Minister, poet politician, my Baapji left for heavenly abode. Om Shanti 🙏
— Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 16, 2018
Atal ji's visionary schemes like 'Gram Sadak Yojana' changed the rural landscape, becoming the harbinger of development in the villages.#AtalBihariVajpayee
— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) August 16, 2018
During my early days in politics, I remember how we all fondly used to call him, “Tharuna Hriday Samrat”, (a leader with a young heart). He was efficient and affable, bold and convivial. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/0wT8qeIYMp
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 16, 2018
मैं परम श्रद्धेय अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी जी को अश्रुपूरित श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूं। हम सब के लिए ये दुखदायी क्षण है। हमारे सिर से पितृतुल्य ऐसे व्यक्तित्व का साया उठ गया, जिसने हमेशा चुनौतियों से लड़ने का साहस दिया, नई राह दिखाई। आज एक राजनीतिक युग का अंत हो गया।
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 16, 2018
Cutting short my official visit to #Uzbekistan where I landed only in morning for Intergovernmental Comission on Trade,Economy cooperation meet which was long overdue,and rushing back to Delhi.Hugely concerned about health of #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. Taking next available flight.
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 16, 2018
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A reasoned critique in opposition and a seeker of consensus as PM, Atal Ji was a democrat to the core. In his passing away, India has lost a great son and an era has come to an end. My deepest condolences.
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 16, 2018
Very very saddened that the great statesman and former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is no more with us. His passing away is a very big loss to our nation. I will always cherish the many fond memories. Condolences to his family and his many admirers
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 16, 2018
A poet and an orator known for his spellbinding eloquence, #AtalBihariVajpayee ji’s poetry is marked by nationalistic fervour and human values. He believed that poetry should awaken a sense of duty and social responsibility in people. @BJP4India, @BJP4Delhi pic.twitter.com/Zbr2Uu56mT
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) August 16, 2018
Rare are the leaders who win hearts setting an exemplary conduct. Atal ji was one such statesman, a man of masses and a role model whose words and actions have contributed immensely in making Bharat “Mahaan”
I feel India has lost a gem today… #RIPAtalJi #AtalBihariVaajpayee pic.twitter.com/5EkocMZZyE
— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) August 16, 2018
I’m saddened to hear the demise of a great statesman Shri.Vajpayee ji. May his soul Rest In Peace.
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) August 16, 2018
अटल जी के विचार, उनकी कविताएं, उनकी दूरदर्शिता और उनकी राजनीतिक कुशलता सदैव हम सबको प्रेरित व मार्गदर्शित करती रहेंगी। भारतीय राजनीति के ऐसे शिखर पुरुष को मैं कोटि-कोटि नमन करता हूँ और ईश्वर से उनकी दिवंगत आत्मा की शांति के लिए प्रार्थना करता हूँ। ॐ शांति शांति शांति
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 16, 2018
Pained beyond words at the demise of Shri Atalji. He had cherished the ideal of a developed and powerful India in which all persons lived together in unity, peace and harmony.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 16, 2018
Am deeply saddened. A great loss for India. https://t.co/rPNC7AoPpH
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 16, 2018
Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise (cont) https://t.co/1w1sEjs1eB
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 16, 2018
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a great leader, loved by many & revered by all. We grieve his demise & our thoughts & prayers are with his family today. #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/MmtBkPBjrK
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 16, 2018
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a diabetes patient, was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 for what doctors had described as a routine check-up. He was being treated for a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
The former Prime Minister, whose birthday on December 25 is celebrated as Good Governance Day, was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 2014.