Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani accepted the prestigious honor of the ‘Bharat Ratna’ with a deep sense of humility and gratitude. In his statement, the 96-year-old co-founder of BJP expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the recognition bestowed upon him.
Advani’s journey began at the age of 14 when he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a volunteer. From that point forward, his singular focus has been to serve the nation with dedication and selflessness, irrespective of the tasks life presented to him. He attributed his life’s inspiration to the motto – “This life is not mine. My life is for my Nation.”
Acknowledging the pivotal figures in his life, Advani extended his gratitude towards Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, with whom he had the honor of working closely. He expressed his profound appreciation for the millions of party workers, RSS workers and others who have supported him throughout his journey in public life.
Advani acknowledged the unwavering support of his family, particularly his late wife Kamla who stood as his pillar of strength. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to President Smt. Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for conferring this honor upon him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a statement shared on the (Twitter) X, expressed his joy at the announcement of Advani being conferred with the Bharat Ratna. He lauded Advani as one of the most respected statesmen of our times emphasizing his monumental contribution to India’s development.
Modi highlighted Advani’s journey from grassroots activism to serving as Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and I&B Minister, showcasing his distinguished parliamentary interventions and rich insights.
As the Deputy Prime Minister in the Atal Bihar Vajpayee-led NDA government, Advani played a significant role in shaping the nation’s destiny. His tenure as the longest-serving president of the Bharatiya Janata Party reflects his enduring commitment to the party’s ideals.
Throughout his parliamentary career spanning from 1970 to 2019, Advani served in both the Upper and Lower Houses, leaving an indelible mark on Indian politics before retiring from active day-to-day politics.
LK Advani’s journey epitomizes dedication, humility, and unwavering commitment to the service of the nation making him a deserving recipient of the Bharat Ratna. His legacy continues to inspire generations of leaders and citizens alike.