Vajpayee Responding

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is reported to be in stable condition. Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences June 11. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is responding well to treatment for a urinary tract infection at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, officials reported June 12, and has been visited by political leaders from various parties, who are anxious to inquire about his health.

"His condition is stable. He is responding to treatment and is on injectable antibiotics. All vital parameters are stable. He will continue to be in hospital till the infection is controlled," AIIMS Media and Protocol Division Chairperson Aarti Vij said June 12.

In a late-evening update, the hospital said Vajpayee's condition continued to remain stable. "Vajpayee is stable. He continues to respond well to treatment and is being monitored closely by a team of doctors," AIIMS said.

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS June 11. His hospitalization triggered VIP visits, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi June 11.

The news of Vajpayee's stable condition did little to slow the flow of prominent leaders to the hospital. Former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat visited him June 12.

Among other leaders who visited hospital are Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko and Union Ministers Ashwini Choubey, Vijay Goel and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inquired about Vajpayee's health. Health Minister J.P. Nadda, who visited AIIMS June 11, was again at the hospital June 12. Another BJP stalwart L.K. Advani also visited the hospital June 11.

A team of senior doctors under the supervision of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria is conducting the tests on Vajpayee, who has been bed-ridden for many years. Guleria, a pulmonologist, has been a personal physician to Vajpayee for many years.

Modi called on Vajpayee June 11 evening and interacted with his family. He spoke to doctors and inquired about the former prime minister's health. Modi was at AIIMS for about 50 minutes.

Several leaders across the country wished Vajpayee a speedy recovery.

"Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A gentle and a fine person that he is, he continues to motivate us through his timeless speeches and poems," Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said: "I prayed for the fast recovery of Vajpayeeji. May God keep him healthy and give him a long life." Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also prayed for his good health.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: "We pray for speedy recovery of Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, he has been a guiding light for the whole country."

Vajpayee's admirers and BJP activists held prayers across Uttar Pradesh. Party workers in Kanpur conducted a special 'havan' and BJP and Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh members participated in a 'Deerghayu Yagya' in Gonda.

Vajpayee, 93, who was prime minister briefly in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004, retreated from active politics over the last decade due to failing health.

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