NEW DELHI || Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday drove down to the residence of former deputy prime minister and BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani to wish him on his 92nd birthday. Accompanied by vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, union home minister Amit Shah and working president of the ruling party JP Nadda, Modi gave a flower bouquet to the party veteran, who was once his political mentor.
Earlier in a Tweet, the prime minister described LK Advani as a “scholar, statesman and one of India’s most respected leaders” in a series of tweets on Friday, wishing the BJP veteran on his 92nd birthday.
“For Advani Ji, public service has always been associated with values. Not once has he compromised on the core ideology. When it came to safeguarding our democracy, he was at the forefront. As a Minister, his administrative skills are universally lauded,” PM Modi tweeted.
Advani “toiled for decades” to give shape and strength to the BJP, said the Prime Minister. “If over the years, our party has emerged as a dominant pole of Indian politics, it is because of leaders like Advani Ji and the selfless Karyakartas he groomed for decades,” he wrote.