Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani will be honored with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.
In his statement, Prime Minister Modi praised Advani, stating, "One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India is monumental. His is a life that started from working at the grassroots to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister."
Expressing his happiness, Modi highlighted Advani's significant role in Indian politics and his dedication to the country. Advani, who is 96 years old, played a crucial role in the BJP's ascent during the 90s and served as the party's president for an extended period. He was instrumental in leading the BJP to power for the first time as the head of coalition governments under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Modi also had a conversation with Advani, extending his congratulations to the veteran leader. He acknowledged Advani's exemplary parliamentary interventions, noting that they have always been filled with rich insights.
The decision to confer the Bharat Ratna on L K Advani is a recognition of his long and impactful political career, as well as his contributions to the development and progress of India.
(With Agency Inputs)