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L K Advani to be Awarded with ‘Bharat Ratna’

New Delhi, Feb 3, 2024: L K Advani, a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former deputy prime minister, will be honored with the Bharat Ratna, which is the highest civilian award in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this on Saturday.

Modi described Advani as one of the most respected statesmen of our time, highlighting his significant contributions to the development of India. He said that Advani’s life journey began from humble beginnings, working at the grassroots level, and eventually serving the nation as Deputy Prime Minister.

The prime minister expressed his joy in sharing the news that L K Advani, who is 96 years old, will be receiving this prestigious honor.

Modi posted on X, “Advani Ji’s decades-long service in public life has been marked by an unwavering commitment to transparency and integrity, setting an exemplary standard in political ethics. He has made unparalleled efforts towards furthering national unity and cultural resurgence. 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.”

He added, “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 is a life that started from working at the grassroots 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.”

L K Advani served as the BJP’s longest-serving president and played a crucial role in the party’s rise to power in the 1990s as part of coalition governments led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Modi personally spoke to him and congratulated Advani on this achievement.

Modi also praised Advani’s exceptional parliamentary interventions, which have always been insightful and exemplary.

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