After 93-year-old Atal Bihari breathed his last on August 16, 2018 after a prolonged kidney infection, urinary tract infection and low urine output, the nation is in a deep shock.
10 FACTS TO REMEMBER THE MAN WHO WAS LOVED BY EVERYONE:
Born on December 25, 1924 (Christmas day) in a Brahmin family, Atal Bihari Vajpayee loved non-veg and his favourite food was prawn.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was imprisoned for 23 days for participating in the Quit India Movement.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee never married and when he was asked the reason behind it, he said, “I stay so busy that I forgot.”
He is the only leader to win six Lok Sabha constituencies from 4 states — UP, MP, New Delhi and Gujarat.
He was a Member of Parliament for 47 years — elected 11 times from Lok Sabha and twice from Rajya Sabha.
Vajpayee was the first Indian politician to deliver a speech in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly.
During his tenure as PM, India conducted a successful nuclear test at Pokhran, Rajasthan, named Operation Shakti.
Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 after which his speech and hand movement was impaired.
His love for poetry was evident since childhood. He wrote is first poem when he was in class 10.
Vajpayee was a close follower of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.