Pay your tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee here

Pay your tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee here

"Unfortunately his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours", Dr. Aarti Vij adds.

However, Mr Vajpayee followed this up with a peace process with then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. "Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him".

Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said that Vajpayee won admirers across the political spectrum with his warm personality and gift of friendship.

Highlighting his efforts at bridging the gap between US-India relations, the article said: "As the Cold War ended, he moved nonaligned India closer to the United States, welcoming President Bill Clinton to India in 2000 and strengthening bonds with pledges of support for the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001".

From Bollywood actors to prominent sports personalities, all condoled the death of BJP's tallest leader.

A Hindu nationalist from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Vajpayee had been hospitalised since June with a kidney infection and chest congestion. Earlier in the day, political leaders cutting across partly lines thronged the hospital to enquire about Vajpayee's health. "But Mr. Vajpayee worked discreet diplomacy behind closed doors and set in motion a friendly dialogue with Clinton, who went to India in 2000, the first visit by a USA president to the country in more than two decades".

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In 1998 he ordered nuclear weapons tests that stoked fears of atomic war with Pakistan but he later launched a groundbreaking peace process with Islamabad.

Former Indian Prime Minister and senior BJP politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee has passed away at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks during a news conference in the eastern Indian university town of Shantiniketan, northwest of Calcutta, India April 2, 2004. He had also prayed for the speedy recovery of the beloved politician.

Under Vajpayee's leadership, ties blossomed between India and Israel, culminating in the late prime minister Ariel Sharon's 2003 visit to the country, the first by an Israeli premier. His first government collapsed in less than three weeks in 1996, and while he took power again in 1998, this only last 13 months before a disagreement within the ruling coalition sparked new elections. He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades.

Many paid solemn visits to the ailing Vajpayee in his final moments on Thursday, including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Vajpayee also improved relations with Beijing, officially recognizing Tibet as part of China.

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