Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Congress party on Saturday after former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani was conferred with the Bharat Ratna. Modi praised the veteran BJP leader, stating that Advani persistently fought throughout his life to free India’s democracy from the grip of one party and one family.
Addressing a public meeting in Sambalpur, Prime Minister Modi said, “He (LK Advani) continuously fought to free India’s democracy from the prison of one party and one family. He guided everyone and challenged ‘pariwarwaadi vichardhara’ (Dyanastic ideology) and linked India’s democracy with the all-inclusive and nationalist ideology. Today we all are seeing the results of that. I would like to congratulate Advani Ji again and wish him a long life.”
This is the seventh Bharat Ratna awarded by the Modi government, since assuming power in 2014. The list also includes Karpoori Thakur, Madan Mohan Malviya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika, and Nanaji Deshmukh.
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Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi announced that BJP veteran leader LK Advani will be conferred with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country. Veteran BJP leader LK Advani said that Bharat Ratna is not only an honour for him but for the ideals and principles he strove in his life to the best of his abilities.
In a statement, LK Advani said he accepts the ‘Bharat Ratna’ with utmost humility.”With utmost humility and gratitude, I accept the ‘Bharat Ratna’ that has been conferred on me today. 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,” he said in the statement.
Advani, 96, who served as Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister, recalled his long association with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.”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,” he added.
The BJP leader said that his family has been the greatest source of strength. He also expressed thanks to the President and PM Modi.”My sincere thanks to President Droupadi Murmuji and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji for bestowing this honour on me. May our great country progress to the pinnacle of ‘greatness and glory,” he said.
Opposition leaders also welcomed the decision. AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also extended his wishes to LK Advani and prayed for his long life.”Many congratulations and best wishes to senior leader Lal Krishna Advani ji on the announcement of the Bharat Ratna award. I pray to God that he always remains healthy and lives long,” the AAP convenor posted on X.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar said that LK Advani has made a valuable contribution to the development of the country.”India’s former Deputy Prime Minister and senior leader, LK Advani, is delighted to be awarded Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour.
He has made a valuable contribution in the development of the country. Heartiest congratulations,” Pawar posted on X.RJD leader Manoj Jha, too, expressed his happiness over the announcement.
With inputs from ANI.