Vajpayee LIVE updates: Imran Khan calls ex-PM a 'tall personality of the subcontinent'

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New Delhi, Aug 17: One of India's tallest leaders, Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday, August 16 at 5.05 pm. As the entire nation plunged into sorrow over the passing away of the former prime minister, the government announced a 7 day mourning from August 16 to 22.

The government decided that the state funeral for the departed leader would be held at Smriti Sthal, New Delhi at 4 pm.

Here are the LIVE updates:

12:57 pm

It was the speciality of Atal ji that he never let humanity be harmed due to the political & ideological differences. Such principle is needed in the country today, says Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) General Secretary

12:56 pm

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays last respects to former Prime Minister

12:51 pm

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and AAP MP Sanjay Singh pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

12:51 pm

He was an enormously important person who we have great respect for and it's a great loss for India. I wanted to pay my respects to a man of that stature: Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India

12:36 pm

I met him once in 2006. He was a very good orator. The void of his absence can never be filled by anyone in Indian politics, he has been a role model for everyone and inspired many through his poetry, speeches and oratorship, says Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar

12:24 pm

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali arrives in Delhi, he will attend the funeral of former PM

12:16 pm

Vajpayee announced retirement from public life at Mumbai rally

12:14 pm

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family at the BJP Headquarters.

12:10 pm

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11:43 am

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King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk arrives in Delhi, he will attend the funeral of former PM

11:37 am

He wanted India to be everybody's. He also wanted to strike up a friendship with Pakistan. Unfortunately he couldn't see that. I hope that the current govt & Pakistan's Imran Khan govt fulfill his dream, that will be a true tribute to him, says Farooq Abdullah

11:33 am

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik pay last respects to former Prime Minister AtalBihariVajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11:31 am

DMK leader A Raja, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Manipur CM N Biren Singh pay last respects to former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11:22 am

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav pay last respects to former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11:18 am

BJP President Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh pays last respects to former Prime Minister

11:18 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays last respects to former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee at BJP Headquarters.

11:16 am

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains have reached the BJP headquarters, where party workers will be able to pay their tributes till 1 pm, after which the body will be take for cremation at 4 pm.

10:49 am

Meeting of Congress President Rahul gandhi with all Pradesh Congress Committee Presidents, Congress Legislature Party leaders, General Secretaries and Incharge of all states has been postponed for tomorrow

10:42 am

Delhi High court & all District courts to function till 1 pm today. The competent authority has decided that there will be half-day holiday today to allow officials & staff to attend the funeral of former PM at Smriti Sthal.

10:42 am

Huge crowd gathers at BJP Headquarters where mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be brought shortly.

10:37 am

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A huge crowd of people has joined the procession as the mortal remains of former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee are being taken from his residence to the BJP Headquarters. People are chanting 'Atal Bihari amar rahe' and 'Vande Mataram'.

10:16 am

Mortal remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee are being taken to BJP Headquarters. Huge crowd of people have also joined the procession.

10:15 am

Mortal remains of Vajpayee being shifted to BJP headquarters

09:57 am

PM Narendra Modi arrives at BJP Headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg where mortal remains of former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee will be brought shortly.

09:57 am

Supreme Court and the Registry will observe half-day holiday today & will sit till 1 pm.

09:43 am

Defence Minister Niramala Sitaraman pays homage to former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee

09:42 am

The Railway Recruitment Board exams, scheduled for August 17, for the posts of assistant loco pilots and technicians, will go ahead as per schedule despite the half-day holiday declared for all central government departments in the wake of Vajpayee's demise.

09:42 am

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains are being moved in a flower-decorated truck to the BJP headquarters at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi. They will remain there till 1 pm, after which the final funeral procession to the cremation ground on the banks of river Yamuna will take place.

09:13 am

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

09:13 am

Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

08:40 am

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

08:40 am

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

08:40 am

'Thaggu ke Laddu' a sweet shop in Kanpur was often visited by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Owner says, 'whenever BJP leaders in Kanpur used to go to meet him they would get laddoos packed for him. He loved food.'

08:39 am

Army Chief Bipin Rawat pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

08:16 am

Delhi police has made elaborate security arrangements for the last rites procession. It will be ensured that the people who come to pay last respect & the commuters face minimum inconvenience & that there is no compromise with security, says Delhi DCP Madhur Verma

08:16 am

Javed Akhtar & Shabana Azmi arrive at former PM #AtalBihariVajpayee's residence to pay last respects. Javed Akhtar says,'very rare that a politician is respected across party lines. People with different ideology have also come as they love him because he used to love all'

08:16 am

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

07:26 am

The police say that there would be at least 5 lakh people including dignitaries and VVIPS attending the funeral. There is heavy security in place both at the BJP’s headquarters and Rashtriya Smrithi Sthal, where the late leader would be cremated.

07:14 am

The police have closed 25 arterial roads starting at 8 am. These include, Krishna Menon Marg, Tughlak Roadd, Akbar Road, Mansingh Road, Shahjahan Road, DDU Marg, a portion of KG Marg and also the stretch between Rajghat and Delhi Gate.

07:04 am

The police have advised people to keep a tab on the social media pages of the Delhi police for traffic updates.

06:55 am

The procession will go to the BJP headquarters on DDU Marg from Krishna Menon Marg, at 9 am. The procession would reach the cremation ground by afternoon. The last rites will take place at 4 pm.

06:45 am

A state funeral will be accorded to the departed leader at Smriti Shthal today. The last rites of the leader will be conducted at 4 pm.

06:35 am

Schools, colleges and government offices in several states will be closed today. They are Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Assam, Goa.

06:25 am

He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering US-India relations. During his tenure, Prime Minister Vajpayee advocated for a robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as "natural allies." The US Mission in India extends our deepest condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Vajpayee and the citizens of India: US Embassy.

06:13 am

Ali Zafar, acting information minister of Pakistan may visit India to pay tributes to Vajpayee.

01:34 am

Lakshman Kiriella, acting minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka will attend former Prime Minister Vajpayee's funeral.

01:34 am

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb pays tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

11:49 pm

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pays tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

11:46 pm

The Manipur governor issued a statement, declaring a holiday on Friday for all offices and educational institutions under the government as a mark of respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday at 93.

11:28 pm

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia pays tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee.

11:04 pm

Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Ghulam Nabi Azad pay tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

11:03 pm

Lights of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station (CMST) to remain off today as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former PM Vajpayee.

11:02 pm

Vaajpayee was a tall political personality of the subcontinent.His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Mr Vajpayee,as a foreign minister,took responsibility of improving India-Pak ties: Pak PM designate Imran Khan

11:02 pm

His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul: Sonia Gandhi

11:01 pm

Congress leader Sonia Dandhi pays last respects to AB Vajpayee

11:01 pm

Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

10:59 pm

I pay tribute to him. The country has lost the tallest leader. He was a tree under whose shade many found refuge: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

10:58 pm

Today nation lost a great statesman. He was a believer of national development. During Kargil also we have seen his statesmanship and great fighting spirit. He brought so many reforms. I had a very good rapport with him. We never had any differences: Andhra CM

10:58 pm

We are saddened by the passing of former PM of India #AtalBihariVajpayee. We will remember him as one of India’s greatest leaders. Shri Vajpayee was much respected in the UK as a statesman par excellence: British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith

10:58 pm

Chennai: Students participate in a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Chennai, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

09:56 pm

Former President Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

09:55 pm

Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with University professors across the nation, scheduled for 18 August in Delhi, has been postponed after the demise of former PM Vajpayee.

09:54 pm

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

09:53 pm

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

09:53 pm

Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in Delhi.

09:52 pm

On behalf of Govt&people of Bangladesh & on my own behalf, I express our heartfelt sympathy & condolences to Govt & the mourning people of India, and to the members of the bereaved family. We pray for the eternal peace of his soul: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh PM

09:52 pm

He was our friend&highly respected in Bangladesh. As a token of recognition for his invaluable contribution to our Liberation War in 1971, Bangladesh Govt conferred on him Bangladesh Liberation War Honour. Today is a day of great sadness for all of us in Bangladesh: Bangladesh PM

09:51 pm

Deeply shocked at sad demise of former PM of India #AtalBihariVajpayee, one of the most famous sons of India. He'll be remembered for contributing towards good governance & highlighting issues affecting common people of India as well as regional peace& prosperity: Bangladesh PM

09:51 pm

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and EAM Sushma Swaraj pay tribute to former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee at the his residence in Delhi.

09:50 pm

He was a renowned statesman who contributed to bringing a change in Indo-Pak relations&remained key supporter of SAARC & regional cooperation for development. Pakistan Govt & people extend their heartfelt condolences to his family and to Govt & people of India: Pakistan government

09:50 pm

We have learnt with sadness the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in New Delhi: Pakistan government

09:49 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee at the latter's residence in Delhi.

09:48 pm

We are all deeply grieved by the sad demise of Vajpayee ji. He was one of the tallest leaders of India. He was loved by the entire nation. May his soul rest in peace: Naveen Patnaik.

09:48 pm

His demise has marked the end of an era. In Atal ji's passing away, it is as if I have lost my father. It's a void which can never be filled: PM Narendra Modi

09:48 pm

India has lost its 'anmol ratna'. We are at a loss of words: PM Narendra Modi

09:18 pm

Tamil Nadu declares holiday as a mark of respect for late Atal Bihari Vajpayee

09:18 pm

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains wrapped in tricolour at his Delhi residence.

09:15 pm

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today expressed his sentiments over the death of Vajpayee. "Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a tall statesman and an inspiration to millions whose leadership and humanitarian aspects will remain eternally etched in the mind and heart of the people."

08:45 pm

All Delhi govt offices, schools (private & govt) and other institutions shall remain closed tomorrow, as mark of respect for our dear departed Atal ji: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

08:45 pm

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at former Prime Minister #AtalBihariVajpayee's residence, where his mortal remains are kept.

08:45 pm

At 9 am tomorrow his mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters and at 1 pm his last journey will begin. Funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal: BJP President Amit Shah

08:44 pm

Odisha government has declared government holiday tomorrow in the state; all government offices, schools & colleges to remain shut across the state.

08:44 pm

Addressing the media outside late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence, BJP chief Amit Shah said that Indian politics’ northern star is lost forever.

08:41 pm

The funeral will be held at Smriti Sthal. Half day holiday in the afternoon of day of funeral in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country as well as Delhi government offices.

08:17 pm

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains have reached his Delhi residence at Krishna Menon Marg. Top leaders, including prime minister Narrendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, have reached Vajpayee's residence to pay last respects. The body will be taken to BJP's Dehi headquarters tomorrow morning.

08:09 pm

All Punjab Offices/Boards/Corporation and Educational Institutions of the state will remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect.

08:09 pm

Jharkhand government has declared seven-day mourning in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the state govt has also declared a state holiday tomorrow.

08:08 pm

Convoy with the mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from AIIMS (All India Institutes of Medical Sciences). The mortal remains are being taken to his residence.

08:01 pm

Union Cabinet decision: State mourning for seven days till 22 August. State Funeral for Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal, New Delhi. Half day holiday in the afternoon of day of funeral in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country, and Delhi government offices in NCT of Delhi. National Flag to fly at half mast throughout India and Indian missions abroad till 22 August.

07:47 pm

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: CM Yogi Adityanath

07:40 pm

Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has cut short his official visit to Uzbekistan, to return to India and offer his final respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

07:38 pm

Bihar Govt declares 7 day state mourning and public holiday tomorrow

07:24 pm

Vajpayee no more, 7 day mourning announced, funeral at 5 pm tomorrow

07:21 pm

Some rare pictures of Vajpayee:

07:21 pm

He embodied Indian culture and values through his strong determination. It saddens us immensely that he is no longer with us. Atalji has left a void which will be hard to fill. We pay a homage to him: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

07:19 pm

Uttar Pradesh has also declared holiday on 17th August . All school, colleges and offices will remain closed, Uttar Pardesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said.

07:19 pm

Delhi government announces holiday on August 17 as a mark of respect for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away today.

07:00 pm

The government has announced 7-day mourning from 16th August to 22nd August after Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death. The flag will fly half mast and the former prime minister will be accorded a state funeral.

06:56 pm

All of us who knew Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humor. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us.

06:54 pm

HD Devegowda-With the demise of Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee the country has lost a statesman and politician who believed in diverse culture of the country. He was a true parliamentarian, with his death a vacuum has been created in polity and end of an era of politics in this country.He was a great orator, who refused to attack his political opponent personally. He did not allow the house to be disturbed during my tenure as Prime Minister for the 11 months. He is one of the tallest political leaders the country has seen. He was curt in asking Chief Minister of Gujart to follow Raja Dharma.

06:54 pm

Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy has expressed his deep grief on the demise of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shri Vajpayee was a great visionary who believed that Highways are like the lines on the palm which speak about the future. He was a rare breed of politicians who lived the values they believed, he said in his Message.

06:54 pm

"Will never accept defeat, will never be afraid of new challenges" a line from his poem was the mirror to his personality. He believed in brotherhood and harmony and tried to bind the country with Golden quadrangle. He was a great orator and a parliamentarian, he described.

06:53 pm

His death has created a vacuum in the political circle of the country, he said in his condolence message.

06:49 pm

The BJP’s national executive meeting scheduled to be held on August 118 and 19 has been cancelled.

06:49 pm

The mortal remains of Vajpayee will be kept at the BJP headquarters tomorrow for people to pay their last tributes

06:45 pm

The mortal remains of former prime minsiter Atal Bihari Vajpayee will reach his Delhi residence at 7 pm. His last rites will be performed at Vijay Ghat at 5 pm tomorrow.

06:32 pm

When Modi met Vajpayee:

06:32 pm

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: Dr.Manmohan Singh

06:26 pm

BJP veteran leader LK Advani condoles the demise of former PM Vajpayee, calls him his 'closest friend for over 65 years'

06:25 pm

All of us who knew Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humor. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us- Ratan Tata

06:25 pm

This is a very sad moment for us that Atal ji is no more. Shortly his mortal remains will be taken to his residence where people can pay tribute to him: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

06:25 pm

"It is difficult to believe that Vajpayee ji isn't among us today. He will always stay in our hearts," says Udhav Thackeray

06:25 pm

The country has lost one of the tallest leaders of nation, and son of the Bharat Mata. "I had the opportunity to work with him in Parliament and in UN. We were not the ruling party in those days, but complete leadership was given to him- Sharad Pawar

06:20 pm

Atal Bihari Vajpayee likely to be cremated on the banks of river Yamuna tomorrow.

06:14 pm

Emergency cabinet meeting to be held at 6.30 pm

06:12 pm

Urban Development ministry has allotted approximately 1.5 acres of land at Vijay Ghat, which has already been inspected by the MCD commissioner. Land will be developed as a memorial for late PM Vajpayee.

06:12 pm

BJP leader LK Advani has expressed deep shock over the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, calling him "one of India's tallest statesmen." Advani said that he had long association with Vajpayee since their days as Pracharaks of RSS and later during the formation of BJP in 1980.0. "Atalji will be remembered as the pioneer of the first ever stable non-Congress coalition government at the Centre and I had the privilege of working as his deputy for six years."

06:05 pm

An emergency cabinet meeting will be held to decide the modalities of mourning over the demise of Vajpayee.

06:05 pm

Today India lost a great son. Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him: Rahul Gandhi.

06:03 pm

Former Pakistan president General Parvez Musharaf expresses condolence over Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death and remembered him as a gentleman and a revolutionary. He also said that Vajpayee's Agra summit was realistic and was disappointed when the resolution was not signed.

06:00 pm

The Congress said, "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.

05:55 pm

Vajpayee’s demise a great loss for India says Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal

05:53 pm

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 says former president of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

05:53 pm

Vajpayee's mortal remains will be taken to his Krishna Menon Marg home shortly

05:53 pm

His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades. My thoughts are with his family, BJP Karyakartas and millions of admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti- Modi

05:53 pm

It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India-Modi

05:52 pm

Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories with him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit- Modi

05:52 pm

It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick. He travelled across the length and breadth of India to spread the BJP's message, which led to the BJP becoming a strong force in our national polity and in several states-Modi

05:50 pm

I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now.Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation: PM Narendra Modi

05:50 pm

President of India Ram Nath Kovind in his condolence message said, "extremely sad to hear of the passing of 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.

05:50 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now. Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation."

05:44 pm

I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now.Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation: PM Narendra Modi

05:42 pm

Former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed at away 5.05 pm today.

05:38 pm

Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93.

05:22 pm

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has cancelled his Guna tour in view of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's critical health. He will be flying to Delhi from Bhopal in the evening.

05:20 pm

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted.

05:13 pm

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has arrived in Delhi to visit Vajpayee.

05:12 pm

DMK's acting president M.K.Stalin will be arriving in Delhi to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee in AIIMS.

05:05 pm

Top leaders from across the country are visiting former PM Vajpayee, whose health remains in critical condition

05:01 pm

Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him. We pray to the God to make him healthy soon & bless him with a long life: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

04:49 pm

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Modi have also reached Delhi's AIIMS.

04:44 pm

Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Raj Babbar at the premier institute where Vajpayee is on life support.

04:42 pm

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh also reaches Delhi to visit former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee at AIIMS

04:25 pm

People in India & outside are praying for him. Entire country loves him. Present generation of politicians draws inspiration from him. The manner in which he maintained dignity in the Parliament is exemplary, says Ashok Tandon, the then advisor to former PM

04:25 pm

Kailash Sathyarthi visits AIIMS to enquire about Vajpayee.

04:05 pm

RSS chief leaves for New Delhi. He will visit AIIMS today.

03:55 pm

Atal Bihari Vajpayee health LIVE: AIIMS will release medical bulletin soon, says JP Nadda

03:55 pm

Union Health Minister JP Nadda has said that the hospital will release its routine health bulletin soon.

03:51 pm

BJP President Amit Shah leaves from AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences)

03:50 pm

Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) where former PM #AtalBihariVaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system.

03:25 pm

As former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to battle for life at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, people of all faiths in his "karam bhoomi" Lucknow held special prayers for his long life.

03:25 pm

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar will leave from Chandigarh at 3 pm to visit ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS hospital in Delhi, News18 reported.

03:18 pm

According to sources, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has left for Delhi and will meet Vajpayee at AIIMS. A string of political leaders have visited the Delhi hospital to inquire about the health of the former prime minister.

02:57 pm

His condition continues to be critical, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

02:57 pm

3.25 crore people of Jharkhand are praying for the health of #AtalBihariVaajpayee. I hope he recovers soon, says Raghubar Das, Jharkhand CM

02:51 pm

Modi leaves from AIIMS after being briefed by Doctors

02:22 pm

Muzaffar Ali, filmmaker said,''My prayers are with him, his presence is a great power to our democracy, He is a large-hearted person. Even if I opposed him, he was very dignified about it which speaks volume. He is very generous & very forthcoming.''

02:21 pm

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Jitendra Singh & BJP Leader Bhuepnder Yadav outside the residence of former PM #AtalBihariVaajpayee. He is on life support system at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences).

02:21 pm

I have cancelled my work to visit #AtalBihariVajpayee today. I got chance to work with him. He is a statesman like figure. We supported him when his govt was falling. His pattern of work was different & not like present politics, says Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM

01:50 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at AIIMS shortly. The PM had visited Vajpayee yesterday too.

01:27 pm

I served as a member of his cabinet for two years, to hear about his health is distressing. He is a great leader and to work under him was a very good experience. I would be flying to Delhi today, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

01:24 pm

Special prayers offered for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sakteshwar Mahadev Ashram in Ludhiana.

01:07 pm

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Youth Congress Leader Shakir Khan offers 'chadar' at a dargah in Gwalior, praying for Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12:52 pm

Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Uma Bharti also visited AIIMS hospital in Delhi to inquire about Vajpayee's health.

12:49 pm

Special prayers are being offered for Vajpayee’s recovery at the Hanuman Mandir in Delhi’s Connaught Place.

12:49 pm

AtalBihariVajpayee an inspiration for India, praying for him, says Lalji Tandon

12:32 pm

We all should pray for his recovery. We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world, says Farooq Abdullah, National Conference

12:30 pm

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has suspended her pre-poll campaign in her state and has left for Delhi to meet ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12:23 pm

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences

12:23 pm

Prayers underway for Former PM in ND Convent Public School in Lucknow

12:22 pm

BJP in the view of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s critical health condition, the Party has suspended all its programmes including its National Executive meeting which was supposed to be held on August 18 and 19

12:05 pm

Arvind Kejriwal came out at his residence to meet supporters and urged them not to celebrate his birthday this year owing to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's critical health and Kerala Floods. He also urged them to donate generously to help those in need in Kerala.

11:57 am

All roads to AIIMS blocked. Entry of private vehicles restricted as Vajpayee continues to remain in a critical condition.

11:56 am

SPG commandos leave for Vajpayee’s residence. Another medical bulletin soon.

11:53 am

Tripura Governor had tweeted that #AtalBihariVajpayee had passed away. However, the Guv apologised after realising his mistake and claimed that he had seen the information on a TV channel. He has since deleted the tweets

11:52 am

The Karnataka BJP leadership is also heading from Bengaluru to Delhi, including Union Minister Sadananda Gowda. Former Karnataka CM and state BJP President BS Yeddyurappa has suspended all meetings and scheduled plans in view of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s sensitive health.

11:52 am

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed his concern over Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s deteriorating health condition. "I am praying to God for his recovery," he said in a statement.

11:52 am

Union minister for drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti has said that she is worried about Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s deteriorating health condition. She said that Vajpayee created the Bharatiya Janata Party and nurtured it.

11:51 am

Roads around AIIMS hospital completely blocked

11:38 am

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to cut short his Gorakhpur visit and fly to Delhi to see Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also expected are Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.

11:37 am

Delhi Traffic Police advisory: Heavy traffic on Aurobindo Marg Please use an alternative route - August Kranti Marg. "Traffic will remain heavy in the carriageway from Lodi road/ INA towards Aurobindo Marg, South extension towards Dhaula Kaun due to a heavy volume of traffic. Kindly avoid the stretch," Delhi Traffic Police have said.

11:37 am

Deputy CM of Karnataka Dr G Parameshwara prays for Atal Bihari Vajpayee's speedy recovery. "I am deeply saddened to hear that his health is in bad condition," Parameshwara said.

11:36 am

BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Rajiv Pratap Rudy also reached AIIMS to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11:36 am

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has reached AIIMS to meet former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11:36 am

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will fly to Delhi today to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee. CM Chouhan has postponed his election campaign to pay a visit to the BJP stalwart who is being treated at AIIMS.

11:36 am

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will leave for Delhi from Nagpur at 3 pm today. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also reach AIIMS to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11:22 am

Security beefed up outside AIIMS. Doctors likely to release another bulletin soon

11:05 am

Mykhel

The latest medical bulletin says former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition continues to remain same. He is critical and is on life support, the AIIMS bulletin also said.

10:56 am

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reaches All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

10:51 am

There is huge traffic jam on Aurovindo Marg

10:50 am

Sushma Swaraj visits AIIMS to enquire about former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health condition

10:43 am

Heavy security deployed at the hospital ahead of PM's arrival.

10:41 am

The news of his ill health has saddened me. He has always been an inspiration and a guide to me, says UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma on former PM

10:31 am

Union ministers JP Nadda and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visit AIIMS to enquire about the health condition of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

10:29 am

AIIMS director to brief PMO, says report

10:28 am

Senior BJP leader LK Advani reaches AIIMS

10:16 am

AIIMS will release a medical bulletin on Vajpayee’s health shortly. The previous bulletin had said that the leader was critical and had been put on life support.

10:16 am

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has arrived at the AIIMS where Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu among others too had called on the iconic BJP leader.

10:16 am

Mykhel

The entire nation is praying for the recovery of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The condition of Vajpayee remains critical and he continues to be on life support.

10:09 am

I have been praying to god that just once I can see him give a speech again. Our family can never ever erase that image of his from our minds. I hope he gets well soon, says Kanti Mishra, Niece of Atal Bihari Vaajpayee

09:31 am

Students of Government Ayurvedic College pray for health of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is admitted at AIIMS and is in critical condition

09:23 am

Congress President Rahul Gandhi to visit AIIMS where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

09:19 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to travel to Delhi later today, will visit AIIMS where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

09:00 am

Mykhel

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

08:49 am

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

08:03 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal visited AIIMS to enquire about the health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

08:03 am

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is under the supervision of Dr. Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist and is currently the director of AIIMS. Dr Guleria has served as personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades. A team of doctors from the nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology departments is keeping around the clock check on the leader.

08:03 am

Mykhel

Medical bulletin from AIIMS:

08:01 am

PM Modi reached the hospital at around 7.15 pm and spent about 50 minutes there.This is PM Modi's fourth visit to Vajpayee since he was admitted to AIIMS on July 11.

08:01 am

Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey visits All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

08:01 am

BJP chief Amit Shah, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and several chief ministers and union ministers have visited Vajpayee at the AIIMS over the past 11 days.

08:01 am

Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.

08:01 am

The 93-year-old BJP leader, a diabetic, has one functional kidney. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

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