Atal Bihari Vajpayee - one of India's tallest leaders in the post-Independence era, three-time Prime Minister, and the only non-Congress leader yet to complete a full term in office - passed away at 5.05pm on Thursday. He was 93.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his political life evoked two dominant reactions - some described him as the "right man in the wrong party" while others argued that "his moderate face had helped the BJP acquire legitimacy".
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the sub-committee of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to decide by Friday morning whether to reduce the water level at the Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala from 142ft to 139ft in view of the floods.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that any other leader describing India as an elephant that had been sleeping and had woken up only in 2014 would be declared anti-national but Prime Minister Narendra Modi got away with it.
"Fireworks of numbers, announcements and schemes" is how the Shiv Sena described Prime Minister Narendta Modi's speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort delivered on Wednesday on the occasion of Independence Day, while raising questions on the deprecation of the rupee, demonetisation, the BJP spending tax-payers' money on publicity and claims on development.