Vajpayee had been hospitalised in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for more than two months after being admitted for treatment of a kidney infection and chest congestion.
He will be remembered as the leader who brought India into the world's nuclear weapons club, but it was his love for poetry and sense of humor that endeared him to national leaders across party lines.
Three-time Indian prime minister died on Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji's contributions to our nation have been innumerable. His condition had deteriorated over the past couple of days, after which he continued to be on life-support system.
"Asaman ko choo gaya, jo asmaan sa vishal tha, dharti mein simat gaya, jo mitti jaisa narm tha".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "I have been fortunate to receive much affection and advice from Atal-ji and an opportunity to understand public life".
He was a member of Parliament for over four decades and was among the founding members of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh which he also headed from 1968 to 1972. "He (Vajpayee) built organisations - from Jansangh to BJP - through tactful leadership and untiring struggle. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all", tweeted Kovind. "My deepest condolences. #ripvajpayee".
The senior BJP leader was the first non-Congress Prime Minister of India to serve a full term. On 13 October 1999, Vajpayee took oath as PM for the third time.
Khan said the subcontinent had lost a phenomenal and a visionary political figure, whose contribution will never be forgotten in Pak-India relations. #AtalBihariVajpayee contributed so much for the betterment of the country. From Karan V Grover to Smriti Irani, everyone is wishing for his soul to rest in peace. Petrol prices were finally deregulated in June 2010 by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government decontrolling diesel prices in October 2014. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause.
The BCCI too expressed grief over the passing away of the iconic leader.