PM Modi announces the Bharat Ratna for BJP stalwart LK Advani, acknowledging his monumental role in India’s development. The honor recognizes Advani’s decades-long commitment to transparency and national unity.
New Delhi, February 03, 2024: In a momentous announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed that veteran BJP leader, LK Advani, will be conferred with the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. PM Modi expressed his joy in a tweet, stating, “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.”
Acknowledging Advani’s monumental role in the development of India, PM Modi hailed him as one of the most respected statesmen of our times. Advani, a stalwart in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), played a pivotal role in catapulting the party into national prominence with his Rath Yatra for Ayodhya’s Ram Temple in the early 1990s.
PM Modi, reflecting on Advani’s extensive political career, highlighted his contributions as Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister, and I&B Minister. He lauded Advani’s exemplary parliamentary interventions, noting that his decades-long service in public life has been marked by an unwavering commitment to transparency and integrity.
The Prime Minister expressed deep emotion at the moment, stating, “The conferring of the Bharat Ratna on him is a very emotional moment for me. I will always consider it my privilege that I got countless opportunities to interact with him and learn from him.”
Providing a glimpse into LK Advani’s illustrious life, the announcement described his journey from being born in Karachi to settling down in Bombay after the Partition. Joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of fourteen in 1941, Advani became a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951, the political precursor to the BJP founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
The conferment of the Bharat Ratna upon LK Advani is a fitting tribute to his enduring dedication to public service, national unity, and cultural resurgence, marking a significant chapter in India’s political history.