Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have reached AIIMS as former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee remains critical and on life support.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has postponed all its key events, including its National Executive meeting which was scheduled for August 18-19. According to the latest health bulletin by AIIMS Delhi, there is no improvement in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health. India is praying for ex-PM Vajpayee, with ‘havans’ being conducted in his hometown Gwalior in MP and in Lucknow, the constituency he represented. Prime Minister Narendra Modi may pay a second visit to Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar may also reach AIIMS soon.

Praying for Vajpayee’s recovery, former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah said, “We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world.” Since morning, BJP veteran LK Advani, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah and several Union ministers have been visiting AIIMS. The next one hour is said to be “crucial” for the party patriarch. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted to the hospital on June 11. A diabetic, Atal Bihari Vajpayee has only one functional kidney and suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria will brief the Prime Minister’s Office shortly after a team doctors completes the examination of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is suffering from kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. Karuna Shukla, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece, is headed to AIIMS Delhi from Raipur. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is taking a 2:50pm flight to Delhi to see Vajpayee, while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are expected to reach the All India Institute of Medical Sciences later. Kejriwal has urged people not to celebrate his birthday this year owing to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s critical health and the floods in Kerala.

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