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."
In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign, Mamata Banerjee said she has immense respect for real chowkidars and not for political chowkidars who are trying to derive "political mileage" out of it.
A post-graduate in physics who was a professor at Allahabad University, Joshi has had a long association with the Sangh Parivar, having held positions in the ABVP and Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1954 to 1977.
Former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi's office also confirmed the development. It said that a brief statement was issued for voters of his constituency Kanpur, from where the 85-year-old leader had won in 2014.
While addressing a large gathering at the event, which is organised in the memory of Prabhash every year, the politician threw light on the misuse of information and companies making money out of this data.