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Political leaders throng AIIMS; concerns mount on Vajpayee’s health
Atal Bihari Vajpayee. File photo

Political leaders throng AIIMS; concerns mount on Vajpayee’s health

16 Aug 2018 | 11:48 AM

NEW DELHI: Concerns on the health of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee mounted on Thursday with all top politicians cutting across party lines visiting him in AIIMS. BJP veteran LK Advani was among the first to arrive at AIIMS on Thursday morning along with BJP chief Amit Shah. Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Health Minister JP Nadda and Smriti Irani are at the hospital.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16

Concerns on the health of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee mounted on Thursday with all top politicians cutting across party lines visiting him in AIIMS.

BJP veteran LK Advani was among the first to arrive at AIIMS on Thursday morning along with BJP chief Amit Shah.

Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Health Minister JP Nadda and Smriti Irani are at the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the ex-PM in AIIMS on Thursday night and is again to visit him soon. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also arriving at AIIMS shortly.

CMs Mamata Banerjee, Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Chouhan, Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje are on their way to Delhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has already visited Vajpayee.

Meanwhile, some BJP leaders, including Bhupendra Yadav, are learnt to have been asked to go to Vajpayee’s residence and to be stationed there.

AIIMS issued a bulletin a while ago saying Vajpayee was critical and continued to be on life support. Another bulletin is soon expected.

The Health Ministry was tightlipped on the status of Vajpayee’s health and said “AIIMS bulletin is our authorised version on the issue.”

Circumstances, however, point to Vajpayee’s fast deteriorating health with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu cancelling the event marking the launch of his book by the PM on August 20.

Vajpayee continues to be critical and on life support

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16 Aug 2018 | 11:29 AM

NEW DELHI: The condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee remains critical and he continues to be on advanced life-support system, AIIMS said in a statement on Thursday.

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