India mourns former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee

India mourns former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee

India mourns former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee

Vajpayee, a former journalist and poet-turned-politician, was credited with helping lay the foundations for the meteoric rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the right-wing political powerhouse that rules India today.

Vajpayee was admitted to hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection and chest congestion.

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Chief Secretary Pandey told The Indian Express that the government is also finalising the nature of four memorials - in his birthplace, Bateshwar in Agra; in Kanpur, where he pursued higher studies; in Balrampur, from where he was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time and in Lucknow, which he represented five times in Parliament.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the hospital twice in 24 hours and top politicians from across parties arrived as the former prime minister's health worsened on Wednesday.

The country observed a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader. Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Friday condoled Vajpayee's death, describing him as a strong advocate of cooperation within the South Asian region.

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In his death too, the charismatic Atal Bihari Vajpayee managed to bring political opponents together.

Vajpayee was not afraid to take risks.

The PTI chief stated that there could be political differences between the two countries, however, the desire to establish peace existed on both sides of the border. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. ALSO READ: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, more than a rare "Ajatshatru" in Indian politics Other attendees of the funeral included Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Ram Vilas Paswan, Shripad Naik and Piyush Goval.

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, sent a condolence message to Vajpayee's foster daughter, Namita Bhattacharya, saying India had lost an eminent national leader who had eloquently supported the Tibetan people.

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

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