New Delhi, June 12: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Tuesday responding well to his treatment for urinary tract infection at theAll India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which is seeing a beeline of leaders from various political parties wanting to enquire about his health. The hospital in a statement said,”Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is stable. He continues to respond well to treatment and is being monitored closely by a team of doctors.”
Vajpayees’ admirers and BJP activists held prayers at different places in Uttar Pradesh. A special ‘havan’ was conducted in Kanpur by party workers. BJP and Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh members took part in a ‘Deerghayu Yagya’ at Gonda.
Earlier in the day, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat visited him. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu enquired about Vajpayee’s health. Health Minister J.P. Nadda, who visited AIIMS on Monday, was again at the hospital on Tuesday. Among other leaders who made a visit to the hospital are Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, MDMK leader Vaiko and Union Ministers Ashwini Choubey, Vijay Goel and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
His hospitalisation triggered VIP visits on Monday including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. BJP stalwart L.K. Advani also visited the former PM.
A team of senior doctors under the supervision of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria is conducting the tests on Vajpayee, who is bed-ridden for many years. Guleria, a pulmonologist, has been a personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades.
Several leaders across the country wished Vajpayee a speedy recovery.
“Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A gentle and a fine person that he is, he continues to motivate us through his timeless speeches and poems,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said: “I prayed for the fast recovery of Vajpayeeji. May God keep him healthy and give him a long life.” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also prayed for his good health.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: “We pray for speedy recovery of Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, he has been a guiding light for the whole country.”