LK Advani served as the Minister of Home Affairs in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004 and was also the Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004 under Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Lal Krishna Advani is one of the most senior and highly respected political leaders in India. Known as the ‘Iron Man of India’, LK Advani started his political career as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has come a long way since then. He served as Minister of Home in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004 and was also the Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004 under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, when Narendra Modi was selected as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there were reports of a rift within the party as LK Advani wanted the top spot.
Three years later, Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India and undisputedly, the biggest political figure in the country. On the other hand, LK Advani has been away from media limelight since BJP’s win in 2014 but, the Indian Prime Minister has not forgotten his ‘guru’ and now, has suggested his name for country’s most prestigious position. According to the latest reports by Zee News, PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah proposed LK Advani’s name for the next President of India in a party meet held at Somnath on 8th March.
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The proposal was made in the presence of many BJP senior leaders and if reports are to be believed, PM Modi also hinted that this would be his gift or ‘Guru Dakshina’ to Advani. The Presidential election will be held in July this year and BJP’s astonishing win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has put the party in the driver’s seat to get one of its own at the top spot.
PM Modi made his intentions clear during his victory speech on last Sunday that he isn’t targeting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but is looking beyond them. To make ‘mission 2022’ dream, possible, BJP will try its best to put the best possible candidate forward for the post of President and who can be a better option that 89-year-old veteran leader, LK Advani.