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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, renowned politician who thrice served as the Prime Minister of India breathed his last today - 16 August 2018. He was suffering from Pneumonia and multi organ failure. The BJP leader was admitted to AIIMS with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India between 1996 and 2004 in three non-consecutive terms. On May 1996 Vajpayee was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of India. He resigned after 13 days, when it became clear that he could not garner a majority.
After 1998 general elections he was again on Prime Minister office to serve the country. But in mid-1999 when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) under Jayalalithaa withdrew its support to the government. The government lost the ensuing vote of confidence motion in the Lok Sabha by a single vote on 17 April 1999.
In the 1999 general elections, the BJP-led NDA won 303 seats out of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, in the aftermath of the Kargil operations. On 13 October 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee took oath as Prime Minister of India for the third time.
On 11 June 2018, Vajpayee was admitted to a hospital in critical condition.
Vajpayee is a lifelong celibate and has an adopted daughter, Namita. He is fond of Indian music and dance. He loves nature and one of his favourite retreats is Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Vajpayee has said about his poetry, "My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier's drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior's will to win. It is not the despirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory."
He was awarded 'Padma Vibhushan' in 1992 and 'Bharat Ratna' in 2015.