NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended birthday greetings to Lal Krishna Advani, senior BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister.
“Birthday greetings to respected Advani Ji. Praying for his long and healthy life. The nation remains indebted to him for his numerous efforts towards empowering people and enhancing our cultural pride. He is also widely respected for his scholarly pursuits and rich intellect,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
Advani turned 94 today.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also extended his greetings on the occasion.
“Hearty congratulations to our guardian and inspiration, respected LK Advani ji on his birthday. Since BJP’s rise to become a major national party, he has been an invaluable contribution. I wish him good health and long life,” tweeted Pradhan.
Born on November 8, 1927 in Karachi, Advani was the Minister of Home Affairs in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004. He also served as the Deputy Prime Minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 2002 to 2004. He is one of the co-founders and a senior leader of the BJP.
He began his political career as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In 2015, Advani was awarded the Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian honour. (ANI)