Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on 16th August at the age of 93.He was the 10th prime minister of the country and the oldest surviving one. Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha 10 times and twice to the Upper House. He was last the MP from Lucknow in 2009. On December 25, 2014, he was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. His birthday, December 25, has been declared Good Governance Day after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Apart from his political acumen, Vajpayee is known for his poetry. He first became PM in 1996 but the government lasted only 13 days as the BJP failed to prove majority in the Lok Sabha. He again became the Prime Minister in 1998 for 13 months when the AIADMK withdrew support and then after the 1999 elections, Vajpayee held the post till 2004. Vajpayee had retired from active politics in 2009 as his health deteriorated due to age-related ailments.