Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday regretted the Union government’s order to confer the Bharat Ratna, the nation’s highest civilian honour, on BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani. saying that the graves of Indians who lost their lives in The Violence of Ram Rath yatra are nothing but stepping stones.
While sharing a map of India showing “places affected by Advani’s Ram Rath Yatra from 23 September to 5 November 1990” on X, he said, “Well deserved #BharatRatna to LK Advani. The graves of the Indians who lost their lives in violence are nothing more than stepping stones.”
Lal Krishna Advani is considered a prominent figure in the BJP who played a pivotal role in bringing the party to national prominence through his Rath Yatra, which championed the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in the early 1990s.
On September 25, 1990, Advani embarked on a ‘rath yatra’ from Somnath in Gujarat to Ayodhya in UP to build the Ram temple. However, his yatra was cut short in Bihar when he was arrested in Samastipur on the orders of the then Lalu Yadav government. On December 6, 1992, Karsevaks demolished the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, leading to widespread riots across the country.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi announced that LK Advani would be awarded the Bharat Ratna. After PM Modi’s announcement, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhawan said that President Droupadi Murmu is pleased to award the Bharat Ratna to Advani.
“One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India is monumental. His is a life he started from working from the grassroots to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister,” he said in a post on X.
The honor comes days after Ram Lalla was consecrated at the newly built Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya. Lal Krishna Advani was the pioneer of the Ram Temple movement. “With utmost humility and gratitude, I accept the ‘Bharat Ratna’ that has been conferred upon me today. It is not only an honor for me as a person, but also for the ideals and principles that I strived to serve throughout my life for best I could,” the BJP stalwart said in a statement.
In January, the Center nominated former Bihar chief minister late Karpoori Thakur for the country’s highest honour. Since 2014, Prime Minister Modi led the central government and awarded Bharat Ratna to Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika, Pranab Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya.