New delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted to the All India Institute for Medical Sciences based on doctors’ recommendations.
AIIMS director Randeep Guleria is personally keeping a watch on Vajpayee’s health. The BJP says he’s been taken to the hospital for a routine check-up.
The 93-year-old former PM’s health is being monitored by Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS or All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
“His condition is stable,” the hospital said in a health bulletin. They further added that tests were underway.
A team of doctors from the nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology departments is looking after the former Prime Minister, say sources. AIIMS dismissed reports of a cardiac arrest or any specific trigger for the check-up.
Mr Vajpayee has been away from public life since 2009, and has not been seen leaving his home in Delhi. he was admitted to hospital just 48 hours before a party’s leadership meeting in Nagpur. That was when he stepped away from active public life.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee ruled the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for almost six years from 1999. He is regarded as one of the tallest leaders of his party. On his birthday on December 25, the BJP-led government celebrates Good Governance Day.
Born in 1924, Vajpayee entered politics during the Quit India movement in 1942. He was also the first external affairs minister to deliver a speech in the UN Assembly in Hindi.
Vajpayee was elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
The BJP stalwart ruled India as prime minister between 1998-2004. As his health deteriorated, he slowly withdrew from public life and has been confined to his residence for many years.
As his health condition deteriorated, he withdrew from public life citing dementia and diabetes as reasons, and confined himself to his residence for many years.