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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s charm kept coalition alive, opponents happy

Success didn't come easily for Vajpayee, who was born on December 25 in 1924 in Gwalior into a family of moderate means. His father was a teacher. Vajpayee would later recall his early brush with poverty.

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Newly elected BJP Parliamentary party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee being offered sweets by party president L K Advani soon after his election win in New Delhi. Success didn't come easily for Vajpayee, who was born on December 25 in 1924 in Gwalior into a family of moderate means. His father was a teacher. Vajpayee would later recall his early brush with poverty. (Express archive photo)

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Godhra train burning case is widely viewed as a blot on the Modi regime for its alleged bias in reining in the violence, The chief minister was given a clean chit by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigative Team (SIT). In pic: Narendra Modi with former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Express archive photo)

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Former prime ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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The leader of the opposition in Parliament Atal Bihari Vajpayee with BJP spokeswoman Sushma Swaraj during a Press conference in New Delhi. Vajpayee did his Masters in Political Science, studying at the Victoria College in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and at the DAV College in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, where he first contested and lost elections on behalf of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. By then he had embraced the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). (Express archive photo)

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Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackarey and Vajpayee at Shivaji Park rally in 1996. The health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been admitted at AIIMS for the last nine weeks, worsened over the last 24 hours. (Express archive photo)

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In April 1999, Karunanidhi's party DMK supported Atal Bihari Vajpayee's coalition government at a no-confidence motion. Vajpayee lost the no-confidence motion by one vote which was possibly the narrowest in history. DMK leader Karunanidhi passed away on August 8. (Express archive photo)

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee talking to journalists at Rashtrapati Bhavan shortly after meeting former president K R Narayanan. Pramod Mahajan is also seen in the picture. Vajpayee spent months in prison when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency Rule in June 1975. When the Janata Party took office in 1977, dethroning the Congress nationally for the first time, he became the foreign minister. (Express archive photo)

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Surjeet Singh Barnala with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Parkash Singh Badal. His first stint as prime minister in 1996 lasted 13 days, from May 16 to 28. The second one ran for 13 months, from March 19, 1998. Later, he presided over a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that took office on Oct 13, 1999 and completed a five-year term. (Express archive photo)

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He was also the first external affairs minister to deliver a speech in the UN Assembly in Hindi. In pic: Vajpayee delivering his speech at United Nations General Assembly on the Challenge of Terror. (Source: Youtube)

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Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Jayalalitha at the release of National Agenda in New Delhi on March 18, 1998. (Express archive photo by Virendra Singh)

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Prime Minister Narasimha Rao speaking at Kinhari Village. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Shivraj Patil are also seen in the picture. (Express archive photo)

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When he stepped down in May 2004 after an election that he was given to believe he would win, it marked the end of a long and eventful political career. Almost since then, Vajpayee has suffered from frail health, so much so that the Bharat Ratna was taken to his house and given to him. (Source: PTI)