Former prime minister Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health condition has worsened, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said in its health bulletin today, even as leaders from several political parties visited him at the New Delhi hospital. “He is very critical and is on life support systems," AIIMS said in the health update about the 93-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

The BJP today postponed its two-day national executive, slated for 18-19 August, in the wake of Vajpayee’s critical health condition. “As of now, the national executive has been postponed, and its dates will be finalised later," a party leader said.

As anxiety grew about the state of the 93-year-old leader’s health, a stream of leaders, including vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, BJP veteran L.K. Advani and Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh, visited him in the hospital.

Prime Minister today visited Vajpayee for a second time in less than 24 hours around 2pm.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah were also among those who came to the hospital.

“We all should pray for his recovery. We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world," Abdullah said.

“He is our idol. With just his presence we got inspiration and encouragement. We pray for his health. No one can ever be like Atal Ji. Campaigning for him was an honour for me," Madhya Pradesh’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

Other leaders like the Peoples Democratic Party’s chief Mehbooba Mufti and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu N Chandrababu Naidu prayed for the veteran leader. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her counterpart in Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, and Odisha Naveen Patnaik have said they will travel to Delhi to inquire about Vajpayee.

The hospital issued a statement late on Wednesday that said the condition of Vajpayee, who has been at AIIMS for the last nine weeks, had worsened over the past 24 hours. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last nine weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours," a press statement issued by AIIMS on Wednesday said. “His condition is critical and he is on life support system."

“He is in a very critical condition. Doctors are continuously monitoring his (Vajpayee’s) health," according to a senior doctor who did not wish to be named.

Due to VIP movement, the traffic around AIIMS has also been suffering since morning.

Randeep Guleria, director, AIIMS, has been taking care of Vajpayee’s health for a long time. A team a eight doctors is actively involved in his treatment. Following the veteran leader’s deteriorating medical condition, the saffron party has cancelled all meetings scheduled on Thursday.

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS following respiratory and kidney problems around 11.30am on 11 June. He has been suffering from urinary tract infection, lower respiratory tract infection and kidney problems.

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