31 Facts About Atal Bihari Vajpayee

1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was officially declared dead there at 5:05 pm IST on 16 August 2018 at the age of 93.

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2. Atal Bihari Vajpayee adopted and raised Namita Bhattacharya as his own child, the daughter of longtime friend Rajkumari Kaul and BN Kaul.

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3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was hospitalised at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi for a chest infection and fever on 6 February 2009.

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4. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was referred to as the Bhishma Pitamah of Indian politics by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a speech in the Rajya Sabha, a reference to a mythological figure in the Hindu epic Mahabharata who was held in respect by two warring sides.

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5. In December 2005, Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced his retirement from active politics, declaring that he would not contest in the next general election.

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6. Atal Bihari Vajpayee faced stiff opposition from other equally strong organisations in the Sangh Parivar such as the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh.

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7. Atal Bihari Vajpayee ordered Indian troops to mobilise for war, leading to an estimated 500,000 to 750,000 Indian soldiers positioned along the international border between India and Pakistan.

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8. Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiated talks with Pakistan, and invited Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to Agra for a joint summit, the Agra summit.

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9. On 13 October 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee took oath as Prime Minister of India for the third time.

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10. In late 1998 and early 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee began a push for a full-scale diplomatic peace process with Pakistan.

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11. Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned after 13 days when it became clear that he did not have enough support to form a government.

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12. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of India, but the BJP failed to muster a majority among members of the Lok Sabha.

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13. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1986 from Madhya Pradesh, and was briefly the leader of the BJP in parliament.

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14. Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Minister of External Affairs, or foreign minister, in Desai's cabinet.

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15. In 1975, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was arrested along with several other opposition leaders during the Internal Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of the Indian National Congress party.

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16. Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the national president of the Jana Sangh in 1968, running the party along with Nanaji Deshmukh, Balraj Madhok, and L K Advani.

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17. In 1954, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was with Mukherjee when the latter went on a hunger strike in Kashmir to protest the perceived inferior treatment of non-Kashmiri Indian visitors to the state.

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18. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was appointed as a national secretary of the party in charge of the Northern region, based in Delhi.

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19. In 1951, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was seconded by the RSS, along with Deendayal Upadhyaya, to work for the newly formed Bharatiya Jana Sangh, a Hindu right-wing political party associated with the RSS.

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20. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was released after giving a written undertaking stating that while he was a part of the crowd, he did not participate in the militant events in Bateshwar on 27 August 1942.

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21. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sent as a vistarak, a probationary pracharak, to Uttar Pradesh and quickly began working for the newspapers of Deendayal Upadhyaya, Rashtradharma, Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly) and the dailies Swadesh and Veer Arjun.

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22. Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave up studying law due to the partition riots.

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23. Atal Bihari Vajpayee joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a swayamsevak, or volunteer, in 1939.

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24. Atal Bihari Vajpayee said "But I learned a lesson that changed my life.

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25. Atal Bihari Vajpayee spoke about his 'lifechanging moment' at a public rally on the 1996 Lok Sabha election trail.

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26. Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on 16 August 2018 due to age-related illness.

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27. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in 2015.

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28. Atal Bihari Vajpayee sought to improve diplomatic relations with Pakistan, travelling to Lahore by bus to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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29. Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned in 1979, and the Janata alliance collapsed soon after.

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30. Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh until 2009 when he retired from active politics due to health concerns.

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31. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades, having been elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house.

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