Former deputy prime minister and BJP's longest-serving president LK Advani on Monday turned 94 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other leaders celebrating at his residence and lauding his contributions to the country and the party.
Watch | Veteran BJP leader LK Advani's birthday being celebrated at his residence today.
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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 in undivided India, he joined the RSS and then the Jana Sangh since the latter's foundation.
"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 earlier tweeted.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh hailed Advani as an inspiration and guide, and said he is counted among those most respected leaders whose scholarship, foresight and intellect are acknowledged by everyone.
BJP president J Nadda praised the veteran leader for taking the party to the masses and paying a key role in the country's development. Wishing him a long and healthy life, he said the nonagenarian leader was an inspiration to crores of party workers.
Social media also witnessed an outpouring of good wishes for Advani from politicians:
Birthday greetings to Sh LK Advani ji. His life and remarkable journey has taught us many things about leadership and social service. Wishing him immense happiness and great health! pic.twitter.com/96zHRXjkRU — Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) November 8, 2021
Today is LK Advani’s 94th birthday. He is always an inspiration to all the BJP workers. I wish him long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/peyHFSH8Ln
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 8, 2021
Heartiest felicitations to one of the leading lights of BJP, India's political stalwart & a fine human being, Sh LK Advani Ji on his birthday. May God bless him good health & long life. Many happy returns of the day. pic.twitter.com/yunnDFckfv — Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) November 8, 2021
Respectful Birthday wishes to iconic politician Shri LK Advani ji.
Your journey from Jana Sangh to BJP, leading the Ram Temple movement to being the Deputy PM is historic & would keep guiding generations. Nandigram would remain forever indebted for your support to the agitation. pic.twitter.com/fowIM2g7Ko
— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) November 8, 2021
Birthday greetings to Shri LK Advani Ji. Praying for his long and healthy life. — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 8, 2021