New Delhi [Jagran Special]. Lal Krishna Advani Birthday Little would be known that when many leaders of the Janata Party did not accept the Jana Sangh wholeheartedly, there was talk about forming a separate party between Atal Bihari Bajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani. When Atal ji gave his consent to this, Lal Krishna Advani took a step forward in this direction and the BJP was formed. When it came to the election symbol for this new party, Advani had chosen the lotus flower election mark for this. Since then, the mark of this party has become a lotus. In today’s time, the party is ruling the country.
Senior BJP leader
LK Advani is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. His contribution in making the Bharatiya Janata Party a major party in Indian politics can be called paramount. He has been the national president of the BJP several times. Whenever there is talk of the history of the Bharatiya Janata Party, it will remain incomplete without discussion of the former Deputy Prime Minister of the country, LK Advani. Advani had envisioned the party’s election symbol.
Biography of LK Advani
LK Advani was born on 8 November 1927 in Sindh province of undivided India to the house of Krishnchand D Advani and Giani Devi. LK Advani is a co-founder and senior politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party who was the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th and 14th Lok Sabha. Advani’s political career began in 1942 as a volunteer of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak (RSS). LK Advani, who reached the pinnacle of politics, was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award, in 2015. Apart from this, he has also served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government as the seventh Deputy Prime Minister of the country. He was the Home Minister in the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004.
In 1951, Advani joined the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh founded by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee with the RSS. He was given the general secretary of the Jana Sangh in Rajasthan, SS. Bhandari was made the secretary. He then moved to Delhi in 1957 and soon became General Secretary and later President of the Delhi unit of the Jana Sangh. After working in various positions in the Jana Sangh, LK Advani was made the chairman of the party executive meeting during the Kanpur session. As the Speaker, Advani, acting for the first time, suspended senior Jana Sangh leader and founder member Balraj Madhok for taking action against party interests.
LK Advani was instrumental in bringing the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2 seats to 182 seats on the issue of Hindutva. Since the establishment of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the year 1980, LK Advani was the General Secretary of the party till 1986. He also held the post of President of the party from 1986 to 1991. Meanwhile, during the Ram Mandir movement in the year 1990, he took a rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya. Although Advani was arrested midway, Advani’s political stature grew larger after this visit. The 1990 Rath Yatra peaked LK Advani’s popularity. After the demolition in 1992, Advani’s name is among those who have been accused.
Despite being the most popular leader in the country during the Ram Mandir movement and the full blessing of the Sangh Parivar, Advani surprised everyone by declaring Vajpayee as prime ministerial candidate in 1995. At that time, Advani himself could have become the Prime Minister, but Advani said that there is no bigger leader in the BJP than Vajpayee. He remained number two with Vajpayee for fifty years. Despite a political life of more than fifty years, Advani remained untouched and when Narasimha Rao of the Congress tried to implicate the big leaders of the opposition in the hawala scandal before the 1996 elections. At that time, Advani first resigned, stating that he would not contest the election before going to the spotless and he was acquitted in the case after the 1996 election.
Advani was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat from 1976 to 1982. After the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the country, Jana Sangh and many other opposition parties emerged as Janata Party. Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee contested the Lok Sabha elections in 1977 and became a member of the Janata Party. Many politicians and activists of other parties, who stood in opposition to the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, formed the Janata Party.
After the elections in 1977, the government was formed with the help of Congress (O), Swatantra Party, Socialist Party of India, Jana Sangh and Lok Dal at the Center. People dazed by the emergency voted against Indira and Morarji Desai’s government was formed at the center. LK Advani became the information and broadcasting minister in this government, while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was made the foreign minister. However, this government did not last long. On the other hand, members of the Jana Sangh left the Janata Party and formed a new Bharatiya Janata Party.