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LK Advani

LK Advani is a senior leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). He was the Home Minister of India from 1998 to 2004 and was the Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004. Born in Karachi in 1927, his family migrated to India during partition. Advani began his political career as a 'pracharak' for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942. He later went on to be a part of the Bhartiya Jana Sangh and then became member of the newly formed Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Under the leadership of Advani, the BJP went on to acquire a hardline Hindutva stance as a means of political propaganda. As party president, Advani lent support to the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign started by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the early 1980s, and went on to make BJP the political face of the campaign. In September 1990, Advani led a rath yatra to attract supporters who would establish a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid. In 1992, the Babri Masjid was demolished amid largescale religious violence and Advani was one of the main accused in the case. In April 2017, the Supreme Court of India put LK Advani along with Murli Manohar Joshi and union minister Uma Bharti on a joint trial in the 1992 case.


AMU student, alumnus booked for online post on Advani, Babri demolition

December 09, 2019 4:12 am

Former AMU student Sharjeel Usmani and Talha Mannan Khan, an MA (Education) student, have been booked under IPC section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and section 67 of the Information Technology Act. The FIR was lodged on Friday.

Delhi confidential: Busy birthday

November 09, 2019 3:19 am

Friday being the former deputy prime minister’s birthday, there was a steady stream of visitors and phone calls for him through the day.

BJP stalwart Advani turns 92, PM Modi pays him a visit

November 08, 2019 1:04 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Advani at his residence in the morning. He was accompanied by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP President Amit Shah and BJP working President JP Nadda.

Delhi Confidential: Down With Fever

August 15, 2019 2:48 am

It emerges that the veteran leader has been running a viral fever for the last few days.

'Irreparable loss': LK Advani condoles Sushma Swaraj's death

August 07, 2019 9:43 am

Sushma Swaraj dead: "She touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday," LK Advani wrote.

LK Advani attends Dada’s first 'mahayagna' in Pune

July 14, 2019 7:34 am

On July 11, the evening witnessed bhajan renditions by singer Shailendra Bharti. This was followed by a recorded talk of Dada on “overcoming the fear of death”.

After election win, PM Modi and Amit Shah meet 'Margdarshaks' Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi

May 25, 2019 8:40 pm

PM Modi tweeted, "Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP's successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people."

'Boxer' Modi entered ring to fight unemployment but punched Advani instead: Rahul Gandhi

May 06, 2019 9:26 pm

"Narendra Modi's coach Advani ji, other team members like Gadkari were there... Modi entered the ring and the first thing he did was to deliver a punch on Advani's face," Rahul Gandhi said.

Jeet hamari hogi: LK Advani votes as commoner, not candidate

April 24, 2019 7:05 am

Without taking much time, the 91-year-old walked straight to the polling booth, cast his vote and left without giving any statement or talking to the media that was waiting for his arrival.

BJP asks EC to take action against Rajasthan CM for his remarks against President

April 17, 2019 4:38 pm

Earlier today, at a press conference in Jaipur, Gehlot told reporters people had expectations that BJP veteran leader LK Advani would get the honour of becoming the president but was deprived of the same.


'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas': PM Narendra Modi's message to newly elected NDA MPs

May 27, 2019 6:53 am

At the Parliament's Central Hall, amidst loud cheers and chants of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister thanked leaders and the newly elected MPs.

LK Advani bids adieu to wife Kamla; Swaraj, Manmohan, Amit Shah at funeral

April 07, 2016 7:17 pm

Kamla Advani, the wife of BJP veteran L K Advani, died on April 6 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) due to heart failure. Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Amit Shah, Manmohan Singh among others attended the funeral.

Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Kirti Azad at Shatrughan Sinha's book launch

January 07, 2016 2:09 pm

BJP veterans LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha along with former BJP leader Kirti Azad were at the book launch of party MP Shatrughan Sinha. Shatrughan Sinha's book titled "Anything But Khamosh" was unveiled by Advani and Yashwant Sinha at a function in New Delhi on Wednesday.

LK Advani's interview to Indian Express in 7 quotes

June 18, 2015 12:42 pm

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency, LK Advani spoke to Indian Express in an exclusive interview.

2014: The year of PM Narendra Modi

December 31, 2014 8:44 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the top news and newsmaker in 2014. He led BJP to a historic election victory and formed a stable government at the Centre.

PM Narendra Modi to Sant Rampal: The best of Indian Express photos

December 22, 2014 8:39 pm

22 photographs that showcase events from a water shed year in Indian history.

Today in Pics: Narendra Modi meets President of Myanmar U Thein Sein

November 11, 2014 7:36 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Presidential Palace for a meeting with President of Myanmar, U Thein Sein in Myanmar on November 11.

Arun Jaitley, Karan Singh, Sharad Yadav get Best Parliamentarian Award

August 13, 2014 12:26 pm

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday conferred the Outstanding Parliamentary award to Congress veteran Karan Singh, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and Union Minister Arun Jaitley.


Explained: What has been the BJP’s stand over the years on Ram temple

December 22, 2018 10:30 am

From the Vajpayee years to Narendra Modi’s BJP, a look at how the party handled the sensitive issue of building a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

RSS to ABVP to BJP, Ananth Kumar stayed relevant from Vajpayee’s party to Modi’s cabinet

November 12, 2018 2:07 pm

Ananth Kumar passed away on Monday morning due to pancreatic cancer. Through the years, he has managed to be one of the men that found a place in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet in NDA-I to NDA-II under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vajpayee’s detractors said he had the backbone of a jellyfish, but I think that’s an unkind remark: Coomi Kapoor

August 17, 2018 6:45 pm

How and why was Vajpayee able to win allies and the Opposition alike? What was like to work with Vajpayee, the prime minister? What was his dream for the Indian subcontinent? Coomi Kapoor discuss all of this and more.

Vajpayee was an inclusive leader. He let colleagues do their job and critics speak up: Arun Shourie

August 16, 2018 1:56 pm

As India loses one of its most charismatic prime ministers, former Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie talks talks about all that Vajpayee stood for. “When Vajpayee ji made a promise, people believed him. There was a reason for that.”