Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani will be awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he is not opposed to it.
“We have not opposed the Centre’s decision to award LK Advani Bharat Ratna. Let the award be given to him,” Siddaramaiah said.
He wrote a letter requesting to give Bharat Ratna award to Tumkuru Siddhaganga Swamy.
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Meanwhile, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, while congratulating the veteran BJP leader, took a veiled attack on the ruling party at the Centre.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, the BRS leader said the announcement of the country’s highest civilian honor for the BJP veteran marks the fulfillment of the party’s agenda after the opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
“It is good that the Ram Temple has finally seen the light of day and that Advani-ji is also conferred on Bharat Ratna. It marks the fulfillment of the BJP’s agenda. I would like to wish my heartiest congratulations to Lal Krishna Advani for being elected .for the highest (civil) honor of the country,” Kavitha told ANI on Saturday.
Taking to the social media platform, Prime Minister Modi said that the former Union Minister’s contribution to India’s development is monumental.
“I am very happy to share that Shri LK Advani Ji will be awarded the Bharat Ratna. I also spoke to him and congratulated him on receiving this honour. One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India. “It’s monumental. His is a life that began from working at the grassroots to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister. He distinguished himself as our Home Minister and also as I&B Minister. His parliamentary interventions have always been exemplary, full of valuable ideas,” PM published in X.
Born in Karachi, in present-day Pakistan, on November 8, 1927, Advani had over the years served as president of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the longest period since its inception in 1980, culminating a parliamentary career spanning nearly three decades. He was first Home Minister and later Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1999-2004).
Advani is widely regarded as an individual of great intellectual ability, sound principles and unwavering support for the idea of a strong and prosperous India. As Atal Bihari Vajpayee confirmed, Advani “has never compromised on his fundamental belief in nationalism and yet has shown flexibility in political responses whenever the situation demanded.”
Sadly, the veteran leader’s celebration of India’s independence from the British in 1947 was short-lived as he became one of the millions torn from their homeland amid the terror and bloodshed of the tragedy. of the partition of India. These events, however, did not make him bitter or cynical, but rather encouraged him in his desire to create a more secular India. With this objective in mind, he traveled to Rajasthan to continue his work as RSS Pracharak.
During the second half of the 1980s and 1990s, LK Advani focused on the singular task of turning the BJP into a national political force. The results of his efforts were underlined in the 1989 general election. The Party recovered from its tally of 2 in 1984 to reach an impressive 86 seats. The Party’s position rose to 121 seats in 1992 and 161 in 1996; making the 1996 elections a milestone in Indian democracy. For the first time since independence, the Congress was dethroned from its preeminent position and the BJP became the largest party in the Lok Sabha. (ME TOO)