Lal Krishna Advani has been one of the most powerful and influential Indian politicians of all time. It was under his leadership that the Bharitya Janata Party plummeted to great heights in the realm of Indian politics.
Lal Krishna Advani is an Indian politician who is credited with turning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into a significant force in Indian politics. He was widely regarded as the most powerful person in a country of over one billion people until only a couple of years ago.
Early Life of Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani, the former President of the BJP, was born on 8th November 1927 to Kishichand D. Advani in Karachi, British India. His early schooling was at Saint Patrick`s High School, Karachi.
Lal Krishna Advani later joined the D.G. National College in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan). He went on to graduate in Law from the Government Law College Bombay University. He is married and has two children, a son and a daughter, Pratibha.
Advani joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1942 as the Sangh`s Karachi branch secretary. L.K Advani was actively involved in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and was elected on the ticket of that party from 1970 to 1975.
From 1970 to 1989, he was a member of the Rajya Sabha and held the post of Information and Broadcasting Minister in the Janata Party Government in 1977. In the year 1980 he was the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Indian Parliament.
Lal Krishna Advani was elected to Lok Sabha as the Leader of Opposition, the lower house of the Indian parliament in 1991 to 1993. He has served as the Home Minister in the Indian Cabinet from 1998 to 2004. He became Deputy Prime Minister in the Indian cabinet from 1999 to 2004.
Advani announced on 18th September 2005 that after the silver jubilee celebrations of the party he would step down as party president. Thereafter at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the BJP in Mumbai in December, 2005, Advani stepped down and Rajnath Singh, a mass leader from Uttar Pradesh was installed as BJP President.
Lal Krishna Advani remains the “iron man” of Indian politics who brought Hindu nationalism to the centre stage of national polity in the eyes of his supporters, which propelled his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to power in Delhi.