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Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at 93 on Thursday, Narendra Modi confirmed on Twitter.

"India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji," the Indian prime minister said. "His passing away marks the end of an era."

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Indian President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted his condolences on the news and called the deceased a "true Indian statesman".

"His leadership, foresight, maturity and eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one and all," he said.

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