Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stable, To Be In AIIMS Till “Infection Is Controlled”

New Delhi: 
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is going through a series of medical tests at Delhi’s AIIMS and will remain in hospital for the treatment of a urinary tract infection, doctors said today.

The 93-year-old, admitted to hospital on Monday morning, is stable and on injectable antibiotics, says his latest medical bulletin.

This morning, after a team of doctors assessed his health, the hospital said in a statement: “He will continue to be in hospital till the infection is controlled.”

Sources say doctors want to carry out tests that they say have not been done for the past two years before Mr Vajpayee is allowed to go home.

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BJP workers pray for speedy recovery of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi

The BJP yesterday said Mr Vajpayee was admitted to hospital “for a routine check-up and investigations.” High-profile visitors including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have called on the veteran politician in hospital and also met with his family members.

Late last night, the hospital said in a statement that the former PM’s condition was stable and many tests were being carried out.

Sources say he is in the VIP coronary care unit.

The treatment is being monitored by Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS or All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the doctor who was Mr Vajpayee’s personal physician for over three decades.

Mr Vajpayee, the first non-Congress PM to complete a five-year term, has been away from public life since 2009, and has not been seen leaving his home in Delhi.

In 2009, the BJP patriarch was admitted to hospital just 48 hours before a party leadership meeting in Nagpur. That was when he stepped away from active politics.

Mr Vajpayee, one of the BJP’s tallest leaders, ruled the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for almost six years from 1999.

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