Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani to be Honoured with ‘Bharat Ratna’

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PM Modi congratulates Shri LK Advani Ji

Former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Krishna Advani will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.

His contribution to the development of India is monumental: Modi

On this decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it was an emotional moment for him. PM Shri Modi said via X “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 time, 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. 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.”

BJP National President expresses happiness

Over the Union Government’s decision to confer ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Shri L.K. Advani, BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda Via X said, “The decision to honour senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shri Lal Krishna Advani with ‘Bharat Ratna’ is extremely pleasant and cheering. For this decision, on behalf of all BJP workers, I express my gratitude to the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and congratulate Advani ji.”

Extremely happy with the announcement: Amit Shah

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah, via X, expressed happiness over the decision to confer the Bharat Ratna Award on Shri LK Advani. He said, “Extremely happy with the announcement of awarding ‘Bharat Ratna’ to our senior leader and former Deputy Prime Minister of the country, respected Shri Lal Krishna Advani. Advani Ji has been dedicated to serving the country and his countrymen selflessly throughout his life. While holding various constitutional responsibilities, like being the Deputy Prime Minister of the country, he did unprecedented work for the security, unity, and integrity of the country with his strong leadership. Advani Ji is known as the politician who set the standards of authenticity in Indian politics. In his long public life, he fought tirelessly for issues related to the country, culture, and people. His immense contribution to the party and ideology cannot be summed up in words. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s decision to honour him with ‘Bharat Ratna’ is also an honour for crores of countrymen.”

Advani ji, an inspiration to all of us : Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh Via X said, “The decision to award Bharat Ratna to the revered Lal Krishna Advani ji, an inspiration to all of us and a senior leader of the country, has brought great joy and happiness. He is a symbol of purity, dedication and determination in politics. The significant contribution that Advani ji has made to the country’s development and nation building in various roles during his long public life is unforgettable and inspiring. He has also played an important role in keeping the unity and integrity of India intact. As a national leader, he has strengthened the country and democracy through his scholarship, parliamentary and administrative abilities. It is a matter of joy for every Indian to receive the honour of Bharat Ratna. I thank the Prime Minister @narendramodi for this decision and congratulate Advaniji.”

LK Advani thanks President
Droupadi Murmu and PM Narendra Modi
for bestowing ‘Bharat Ratna’

On being conferred the Bharat Ratna Honour Shri LK Advani issued a press statement and thanked President Smt. Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for bestowing the honour on him. He said he accepts ‘Bharat Ratna’ with utmost humility and gratitude. In the statement he said, It is not only an honour for me as a person, but also for the ideals and principles that I strove to serve throughout my life to the best of my ability. Ever since I joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as its volunteer at the age of 14, I have sought reward in only thing – in dedicated and selfless service of my beloved country in whatever task life assigned to me. What has inspired my life is the motto “इदं न मम” ─ “This life is not mine. My life is for my Nation.”

He added, “Today I gratefully remember two persons with whom I had the honour of working closely – Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. My heartfelt gratitude to millions of my party workers, swayamsevaks and others with whom I had the privilege of working throughout my journey in public life. I also express my deepest feelings for all members of my family, especially my dear departed wife Kamla. They have been the greatest source of strength and sustainance in my life.My sincere thanks to President Smt. Droupadi Murmu ji and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji for bestowing this honour on me.

May our great country progress to the pinnacle of greatness and glory, he said.