New Delhi: Delhi government offices, schools, including the private ones, and institutions will remain closed on Friday as a mark of respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.
Vajpayee's death: Holiday for schools, government offices in Delhi today
Vajpayee, one of India's most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics, died on Thursday at the age of 93.
His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital where he was admitted June 11 with a variety of ailments.
Both Sisodia and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had visited the AIIMS earlier in the day to enquire about the health of BJP patriarch.
"Am deeply saddened. A great loss for India," said Kejriwal after the announcement of Vajpayee's death.
The media advisor to the chief minister, Nagender Sharma, earlier said he has requested party volunteers and well-wishers to avoid Kejriwal's birthday celebration today and refrain from paying visit at his residence for this.
"Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal requests party volunteers & well wishers not to celebrate his birthday in view of deteriorating health condition of former Prime Minister Sh Atal Behari Vajpayee ji. Volunteers are requested to refrain from visiting CM residence (sic)," Sharma had tweeted before the announcement of Vajpayee's death.