Among other trending news, the government on Saturday announced Bharat Ratna to Lal Krishna Advani.
Senior BJP leader and the man behind Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, Lal Krishna Advani, will be the 50th recipient of the highest civilian award since inception. The Government this Saturday announced that Bharat Ratna will be awarded to Lal Krishna Advani.
As per Prime Minister Narendra Modi
s Social media`s post on X “I am very happy to share that Shri LK Advani Ji will be conferred the Bharat Ratna. I also spoke to him and congratulated him on being conferred this honour. One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India is monumental, his life started from working at the grassroots level to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister. He distinguished himself as our Home Minister and I&B Minister as well. His Parliamentary interventions have always been exemplary, full of rich insights”.
Advani was the leader of the BJP when the party agreed to the Ram Mandir promise in 1989. Advani’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in 1990 from the holy city of Somnath to the holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh to construct the Ram temple altered the trajectory of Indian politics. The Ram Mandir resolution paid off handsomely, with the party’s seat count rising from two to 86 in 1989. In 1989, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi fell from power and the National Front swept to power with the support of the BJP.
In 1992, the party’s strength rose to 121 seats, and in 1996, it increased to 161 seats. The 1996 general election marked a turning point in India’s democracy. The Congress, which had been India’s ruling party since independence, was ousted from its preeminent place, and the BJP emerged as the single-largest party in Parliament’s Lok Sabha. Advance was born on 8 November 1927 in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan. He has been the President of the BJP since 1980, and has served as a member of Parliament for almost 30 years. He was first the Home Minister and later the Deputy Prime Minister under the cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1999-2004.
Unfortunately, the veteran leader’s joy at India’s independence from Britain in 1947 was short-lived as he was among the millions who were forced to flee their homes amid the horror and violence of India’s partition. However, these events did not make him a bitter or cynical person. Instead, they motivated him to work towards the creation of a secular India.