Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been ailing for long, was today admitted to AIIMS for routine check-up and investigations, the BJP said in a statement here.

The 93-year-old leader will be under the supervision of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, it said, adding that he has been admitted on doctors’ advise.

Dr Guleria has served as personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades.

The BJP stalwart ruled India as prime minister between 1998-2004.

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As his health deteriorated, he slowly withdrew from public life and has been confined to his residence for many years.

A Padma Vibhushan awardee, he is also a recipient of India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, which was conferred on him in 2015.

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.

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