Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Put On Life Support, Condition Critical

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Put On Life Support, Condition Critical Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. (Sipra Das/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health has worsened over the last 24 hours and he remains critical, the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said late on Wednesday, adding that he has been put on life support.

“Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last nine weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support,” AIIMS said at 10.08 pm.

The 93-year-old, who served as India's 10th prime minister, has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 11 June. When he was admitted to the hospital, doctors had described the visit as a routine check-up. Vajpayee is diabetic and has only one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities and subsequently developed dementia.

Elected prime minister thrice between 1996 and 1999, Vajpayee was the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Smriti Irani visited AIIMS late in the evening to meet the former prime minister.