New Delhi, Aug 16: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to remain in a critical condition. People from across the country have been praying for his speedy recovery. Students of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital performed yajna and offered special prayers for the well being of Vajpayee.

Meanwhile, students from UP’s capital city Lucknow were also seen offering prayers for the well-being of the former prime minister.

Several politicians have visited AIIMS since last evening after the hospital issued a medical bulletin stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart is critical. Various political leaders have also been visiting AIIMS since early morning to check up on the veteran leader’s health. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among the leaders who visited AIIMS on Thursday.

Leaders cancelled their existing plans to rush to AIIMS to take stock of Vajpayee’s health. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan cancelled an election yatra to rush to the national capital. He wished for the well being of the former prime minister, adding that Vajpayee was their idol.

The veteran leader’s failing health has left everyone upset. While the BJP has postponed its national executive party meet, UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma broke down reminiscing about the leader who has always been a pillar of strength. Following the updated medical bulletin released by AIIMS today at 11 AM, security was also heightened in the area. Roads leading to the hospital were blocked and the entry of private vehicles restricted.

Last evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the hospital to inquire about the condition of Vajpayee. He reached the hospital at around 7.15 PM and spent about 50 minutes there. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Suresh Prabhu, Jitendra Singh and Harsh Vardhan also visited the hospital. The 93-year-old politician was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 due to a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.