Lal Krishna Advani, the senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former Deputy Prime Minister, will be honoured with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
Prime Minister Modi himself has announced this information through a post.
PM Modi wrote, 'I am very pleased to announce that Lal Krishna Advani Ji will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. I also spoke to him and congratulated him on this honour. Among the most respected politicians of our time, Advani Ji has made an unforgettable contribution to India's development. His life's journey, starting from grassroots work to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister, is remarkable. He has also made a mark as our Home Minister and Minister of Information and Broadcasting. His parliamentary work has always been exemplary and filled with profound insight.'
Nitin Gadkari expressed joy and gratitude over the announcement of Bharat Ratna for the esteemed leader, Lal Krishna Advani.
He stated, "The declaration of Bharat Ratna to Lal Krishna Advani is extremely delightful and joyous. After independence, Advani Ji played a crucial role in the reconstruction of the country.
His significant role in the post-independence rebuilding of the nation is noteworthy. Advani Ji is a living example of integrity in politics. I express my gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for declaring Bharat Ratna for Advani Ji and extend my wishes for his health and longevity."
Lal Krishna Advani is the only leader of the party who has served as the president of the party for the longest time since the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.
He served as president for the first time from 1986 to 1990, and then again from 1993 to 1998 and from 2004 to 2005.
After playing a long innings as a Member of Parliament for three decades, Advani first served as the Home Minister and later became the Deputy Prime Minister in Atal Ji's cabinet (1999-2004).