He passed away today at around 5:05 pm after being in a critical condition for 36 hours.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee death: Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Rajamouli pay respects to former PM
Mumbai - 16 Aug 2018 20:34 IST
Updated : 17 Aug 2018 14:53 IST
The demise of India’s former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has saddened the nation. He breathed his last today at Delhi’s AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) at around 5:05 pm at the age of 93. His condition had deteriorated in the last 36 hours as he was put onto life support.
Vajpayee’s mortal remains would be taken today at his residence in the city today. It will be kept for final respects at BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) headquarters from 10 am onwards tomorrow. The final rites would take place at 5 pm at Vijay Ghat. The government of India has declared seven day mourning period.
Naturally, condolence messages started pouring in from all over the country and outside on social media ever since the news was broken, including people from the film fraternity.
Some of these include, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, S S Rajamouli, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubati, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Arjun Kapoor, Vir Das, etc. India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also paid his respects through a tweet.
Indeed a big loss for our country as we pay our last tribute to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. He was a close family friend and his legacy will forever be remembered. Thank you for your selfless service, sir! My heartfelt condolence to everyone.— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 16, 2018
One of the few statesman who brought dignity and esteem to politics. His dream and steadfast application of Road connectivity changed and continues to change millions of lives in our country. Bowing with respect to our beloved leader #AtalBihariVajpayee ji.— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) August 16, 2018
Today we lost a great statesman, poet and orator. A man who dreamed of a glorious nation and strived to take us on the path to prosperity. Rest in Peace #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. pic.twitter.com/nOqeCg7FJW— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) August 16, 2018
India is at a great loss today. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji’s contributions to our nation have been innumerable. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018
It is rare to find love and respect across the entire politcal spectrum.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) August 16, 2018
Atalji, was the rarest of them all.
A true legend, respected statesman, phenomenal poet, tall leader beyond stature, respected by even his strongest critics and rivals...#Atalji passes on. Leaving behind a legacy of greatness that will inspire generations forever! #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/JewgmAKQjl— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) August 16, 2018
Respect always #AtalBihariVajpayee sir.... RIP ðÂÂÂ— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) August 16, 2018
Heartfelt condolences to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji's family and dear ones. May his soul rest in peace. ðÂÂÂ— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) August 16, 2018
Whether you agreed with him or not, you couldn't help but respect the sheer statesmanship, wisdom and eloquence of the man. RIP #AtalBihariVajpayee— Vir Das (@thevirdas) August 16, 2018