Atal Bihari Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS for "routine check-up"
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was today admitted to AIIMS in Delhi, for what doctors called "routine check-up and investigations." He has been hospitalized on doctors' advice, under the supervision of AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist. BJP veteran Vajpayee, 93, is India's oldest living former PM yet. HT reports he has been having difficulties with breathing since a long time.
Vajpayee, one of India's most remarkable politicians
Vajpayee, born in 1924, entered politics during the Quit India movement of 1942. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Lucknow five times. He eventually became India's first PM from outside the Congress to serve a full five-year term, leading the NDA government. The Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna awardee was also the first Indian foreign minister to address the UN Assembly in Hindi.
Guleria has been Vajpayee's personal physician for three decades
Vajpayee, who has been out of the public eye for nearly a decade, will now be looked after by Guleria. Guleria has served as a personal physician to the former PM for more than 30 years.