Kanpur: Several workers of BJP on Tuesday conducted a havan to pray for the speedy recovery of party leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is in AIIMS and is being treated for a urinary tract infection.
Much admired for his political acumen and soft nature, Vajpayee continues to command a huge following both within the party as well as from people at large. News agency ANI reported that concerned about the health of their leader, many workers of the Kanpur unit of BJP decided to conduct havan so that the 93-year-old makes a quick and complete recovery.
Wishes from around the country have been pouring in since Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS on Monday. While the hospital initially said that he had been admitted as part of a routine check-up, a medical bulletin issued later on Monday informed that he has been diagnosed with UTI.
PM Narendra Modi and several BJP leaders including LK Advani, BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister JP Nadda, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visited the ailing leader. Congress party and many of its leaders too tweeted their wishes.
We wish Atalji a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/1NhLXZePsM
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 12, 2018
We pray for Shri Vajpayee ji's good health.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) June 11, 2018
Vajpayee, who was PM briefly in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004, has retreated from active politics over the last few years due to failing health conditions. He was the first non-Congress PM to serve a full five-year term. Along with Advani, Vajpayee took the BJP from two seats in the Lok Sabha to power at the Centre.
He first entered the Lok Sabha in 1957. He was then elected to the 5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha and again to the 10th, 11th 12th and 13th and to Rajya Sabha in 1962 and 1986. In 2004, he won from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh for the fifth time consecutively.
At age 93, he is currently the oldest living former PM.