PM Modi, senior BJP leaders greet LK Advani on 94th birthday

Advani is the principal architect of the BJP’s rise as a major national political party

Advani crafted and shaped the Hindutva politics, and spearheaded the party and its forerunner Jana Sangh for decades, along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani turned 94 on Monday, and a host of leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, greeted and wished the former deputy prime minister on the occasion.

“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,” Modi tweeted.

Hailing Advani as an inspiration and guide, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that he is counted among those most respected leaders whose scholarship, foresight and intellect, are acknowledged by everyone.

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BJP president J P Nadda praised the veteran leader for taking the party to the masses and playing a key role in the country’s development. Wishing him a long and healthy life, he said that the nonagenarian leader was an inspiration to crores of party workers.

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The principal architect of the BJP’s rise as a major national political party as he tied its fortunes with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the late 80s, Advani crafted and shaped the Hindutva politics, and spearheaded the party and its forerunner Jana Sangh for decades, along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Born in Karachi before India was divided, Advani joined the RSS and then the Jana Sangh since the latter’s foundation.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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