BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, who brought the party national recognition with his Rath Yatra to Ayodhya's Ram temple in the early 1990s, has been honored with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.
PM Narendra Modi wrote on X, I am very happy to inform that Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji will be honored with Bharat Ratna. I also spoke to him and congratulated him on receiving this honour. Announcing the honor of the veteran leader, PM Modi said that the role of Lal Krishna Advani in the development of India is amazing. He described him as one of the most respected politicians of India.
One of the most respected politicians of our times, his contribution to India's development is monumental. His life starts from working at the grassroots level to serving the country as our Deputy Prime Minister. He also made his mark as our Home Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister. His parliamentary interventions have always been exemplary and full of rich insights
Lal Krishna Advani, born in Karachi, came to India after partition. He settled in Bombay. He joined the RSS in 1941 at the age of fourteen. In 1951, he became a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which was founded by BJP icon Syama Prasad Mukherjee. Jan Sangh was the political precursor of BJP.
Advani became a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 1970. He completed the tenure of Rajya Sabha four times till 1989. After the victory he became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 1977. Janata Party in general elections.
He is one of the founding members of BJP. He was the president of the party three times. In 1989 he became a Lok Sabha member for the first time. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government was formed in 1999, Advani served as Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.In 2015, Lal Krishna Advani was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.
In 1990, Lal Krishna Advani started the Ram Rath Yatra over the BJP's demand for a Ram temple in Ayodhya. This journey started from Somnath in Gujarat and reached Ayodhya. His Rath Yatra got public support. In the 1991 general elections, the BJP, which had played a minor role in national politics, became the second largest party in Parliament after the Congress.
We all heartily congratulated Lal Krishna Advani. The kind of work that has been done in the country and the state under his leadership. He took the country to new heights during his tenure. I also express my gratitude to the Prime Minister for announcing the award of Bharat Ratna to him.