New Delhi, Aug 16, News24 Bureau: Here is an incident that will highlight that the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared great bonhomie with Sonia Gandhi. This was reflected during the 2001 Parliament attack.
The 2001 Indian Parliament attack was a terrorist attack at the Parliament of India in New Delhi on 13 December 2001. The perpetrators were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), two terrorist organizations were involved, according to Indian sources. The attack on the symbol of Indian democracy led to the deaths of five terrorists, six Delhi Police personnel, two Parliament Security Service personnel and a gardener.
Remembering the incident, Mr. Vajpayee recalled how on December 13, 2001 when the terrorists had attacked Parliament House, a rather worried Sonia Gandhi had called up him, wanting to be assured of his safety. On his part, he was worried about her security.
The condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee remains critical and he continues to be on advanced life-support system, sources said.
The 93-year-old BJP veteran was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
"Unfortunately, his condition has worsened. His condition is critical and he is on life-support system," the AIIMS had said in the statement last night.
"Both his lungs are not in good condition because of pneumonia on both sides and kidneys are also weak. He is critical," a source said today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the AIIMS yesterday evening to enquire about the condition of Vajpayee.
Modi reached the hospital at around 7.15 pm and spent about 50 minutes there.