LK Advani turns 95 today, PM Modi, other BJP leaders hail you

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders welcomed LK Advani, considered the architect of the party’s rise as a major national force in the 1990s, on his birthday on Tuesday. Advani, the longest-serving BJP president, turned 95 on Tuesday. Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Advani’s residence here to greet him.

Home Minister Amit Shah said that Advani, through his tireless efforts, strengthened the party organization across the country and also made invaluable contribution to the development of the country while serving in the government. Shah wished him good health and long life. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari called Advani an inspiration.

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Singh said Advani has made a very significant contribution to the country, society and the party and is among the greatest personalities in the country. Paying rich tributes to the veteran who nurtured a generation of young leaders, BJP President JP Nadda described him as a leader in Indian politics and a guide for party leaders. His life dedicated to the nation and the party is an inspiration to them, he said.

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Born in 1927 in Karachi, now part of Pakistan, Advani joined the RSS at a young age and later worked for Jana Sangh where he was noted for his organizational skills. He was a founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980 and was its face along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for several decades.

A strategist, Advani’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in 1990 in support of the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya on a site believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram is seen as a historic turning point in national politics, marking the unstoppable rise of party to While Vajpayee, the popular face of the party which enjoyed acceptability beyond its base of support, became Prime Minister, Advani served as Home Secretary. He later became Deputy Prime Minister.

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