August 16, 2018 was a sad day as India lost one of its gems. Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last at the age of 93 at AIIMS, Delhi. He was admitted in the hospital on June 11 and unfortunately, his health just deteriorated since then. Last 36 hours were crucial and he was put on life support systems. On August 16, at 05.05 pm, he was declared dead. His mortal remains were then taken to his residence in a casket wherein quite a few big names from the world of politics paid their respects to the late leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, the President of India Arvind Kovind, leader of opposition party Sonia Gandhi and many other leaders reached Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence to salute the legend one last time.
असंभव की किताबों पर जय का चक्रवर्ती निनाद करने वाले मानवता के स्वयंसेवक, परम आदरणीय अटल जी को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की। अटल जी के निधन के साथ ही भारतीय राजनीति का ध्रुवतारा अस्त हो गया। आप सदैव हमारे हृदय में रहेंगे।
His mortal remains will now be taken to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal between Shanti Van and Vijay Ghat where his body will be laid to rest.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the 10th Prime Minister and a first non-congress man to hold the position. In his tenure as PM, he bought many reforms in the country and made India a better place to live. His demise has come across as a great loss to the country.
May his soul rest in peace.