Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93 on Thursday. He was put on life support system on Wednesday after his health condition deteriorated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and several other party leaders reached AIIMS earlier on Thursday. The 93-year-old was admitted to AIIMS due to a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
## All schools and colleges in Delhi to remain closed on Friday as mark of respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
## I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, #AtalBihariVajpayee. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years, says LK Advani.
## He worked in the national interest rather than personal interest, he brought a political stability to our country. His ashes will be spread in every river in UP to respect his grand stature, says CM Yogi Adityanath.
## He may be not with us physically but his vision will always be with us, losing a person whom we always looked up to is a personal loss for all of us and I am sure we will always take inspiration from his ideology, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
## The central government has declared 7-day national mourning.
## The mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be kept at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Friday for last tributes.
## Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is ‘ajatshatru’ of modern times because he always maintained dignity and decorum, says Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
## I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vaajpayee ji. An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional public servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister, says former PM Manmohan Singh.
## It is a big loss for the country, he was a very simple man inspite of being such a senior leader. There was not even a shred of arrogance in him. Current leaders need to learn a lot from him, says Mulayam Singh Yadav.
## Congress president Rahul Gandhi remembered Atal Bihari Vajpayee as “a great son” of India, who was loved by millions.
## Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying he was speechless, and that it was the end of an era.