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L. K. Advani

L.K Advani was born on 8 November 1927in Karachi, a Hindu Sindhi( now Pakistan) family to Kishanchand D Advani and Gyani Devi. He graduated in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai University. He is an Indian politician who is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the current opposition in the Indian Parliament.

Advani’s life as a social servant started in 1947 when he was elected as the Secretary, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Karachi. Advani became a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, also known simply as the Jana Sangh, which was founded in 1951. After serving various positions in the Jana Sangh, he became its President in 1973 at the Kanpur session of the party working committee. He was a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat from 1976 to 1982.

The widespread unpopularity of Emergency rule gave the Janata Party and its allies a landslide victory in the election. Morarji Desai became the Prime Minister of India, Advani became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Vajpayee became the Foreign Minister. Advani became a prominent leader of the newly founded BJP and represented the party in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Indian Parliament)  from Madhya Pradesh for two terms beginning in 1982.

When the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was in power from 1998–2004 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani served as Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (the latter in 2002–04).

Advani became Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009 after defeat in 2004.

On 10 December 2007, the Parliamentary Board of BJP formally announced that L. K. Advani would be its prime ministerial candidate for the general elections due in 2009.L. K. Advani paved the way for Sushma Swaraj to become the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha after defeat in 2009.

Under Advani, the BJP became the political face of the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign. Advani embarked on a “Rath Yatra,” or chariot journey, to mobilize karsevaks, or volunteers, to converge upon the Babri Masjid to offer prayers. L. K. Advani has so far, undertaken 6 yatras throughout India.

My Country My Life” is an autobiographical book by L. K. Advani. The book was released on 19 March 2008 by Abdul Kalam, the eleventh President of India.


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