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Leaders, family members pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on first death anniversary

Atal Bihari Vajpayee first death anniversary. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 07.40 AM (IST) Edited By: Puniti Pandey

Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday paid tribute to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary in Delhi.

PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, working president JP Nadda, and the family members gathered in Delhi's 'Sadaiv Atal'- the memorial of the former PM to pay him tributes.

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Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Vajpayee passed away on August 16, 2018, after a prolonged illness.

He was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, chest congestion and urine output on the lower side.

Vajpayee, a diabetic, had one functional kidney and had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia and was bed-ridden ever since. 

The veteran BJP leader had served as the prime minister thrice – first for 13 days in 1996, then for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.