New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi described LK Advani as a “scholar, statesman and one of India’s most respected leaders” on his 92nd birthday.
He met the former Deputy Prime Minister at his home and greeted him with flowers.
PM Modi tweeted: “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”.
Advani was born on 8 November in 1927 in Karachi in undivided India. After partition, his family moved to India.
He is a founder member of the BJP along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died last year.
Advani took out rathyatra to campaign for a Ram temple at Ayodhya that rose BJP from a two-seat party in 1984 to a leading political force in the country.