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Bharat Ratna for LK Advani Silences Critics Who Accused PM Modi of ‘Side-lining’ Ram Mandir Movement Icons

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Last Updated: February 03, 2024, 13:46 IST

PM Narendra Modi in his message on Saturday said he had learnt a lot from LK Advani who has been the architect of the BJP. (Getty Images)

At the age of 96, LK Advani has been awarded the Bharat Ratna in a major move that will prove to be the political legacy of PM Narendra Modi. It also cements the Modi government’s claim that it has acknowledged the political contributions of stalwarts from both sides of the political spectrum, which the Congress ignored

The two tallest leaders of the BJP, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, have now been conferred the Bharat Ratna by the Narendra Modi government. Both have been awarded the Bharat Ratna in their lifetime, Vajpayee in 2015 and Advani when he is 96, silencing critics who accused Narendra Modi of side-lining senior-most BJP leaders.

Advani was also awarded the Parma Vibhushan by the Modi government in 2015 soon after coming to power. Now, at the age of 96, Advani has been awarded the Bharat Ratna in a major move that will prove to be the political legacy of Modi. It also cements the Modi government’s claim that it has acknowledged the political contributions of stalwarts from both sides of the political spectrum, which the Congress ignored.

For example, the likes of senior Congress leaders like Pranab Mukherjee and Madan Mohan Malviya were also awarded the Bharat Ratna by the Modi government, along with socialist icon Karpoori Thakur awarded this year.

Modi in his message on Saturday said he had learnt a lot from Advani who has been the architect of the BJP. Advani has been among the party’s tallest leaders who rose to limelight by making the BJP the political face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in 1990. He co-founded the party in 1980 and was the party president three times. He also served as the Deputy Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, was the Leader of the Opposition in both houses of Parliament and became the party’s prime ministerial face in the 2009 elections. In 2014, Advani became a part of the margdarshak mandal of the party along with Murli Manohar Joshi.

Advani’s political rise came from his Ram Rath Yatra in 1990 from Somnath in Gujarat to Ayodhya to press for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri Masjid. He was stopped in Bihar by then state chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on the orders of then prime minister VP Singh.

In 1992, when kar sewaks demolished the mosque on December 6, Advani was accused of delivering provocative speeches near the site. CBI charged him and other BJP leaders with criminal conspiracy in bringing down the Babri Masjid. Twenty-eight years later, in 2020, a court acquitted Advani in the case citing lack of evidence and said the demolition of the mosque was a spontaneous act and not pre-planned. In 2022, the High Court upheld the same.

Despite being the face of the party and nurturing many BJP stalwarts like Sushma Swaraj, Pramod Mahajan and Arun Jaitley, Advani could never realize his dream of becoming the Prime Minister. The rise of Modi in 2013-14 made Advani withdraw to the sidelines. But, Modi kept his unwavering respect for Advani, including making it a point to visit him on his birthday every year.

A Padma Vibhushan in 2015 and now a Bharat Ratna now underlines Modi’s respect for Advani and silences those who questioned Advani’s absence at the Pan Prathistha event in Ayodhya on January 22. Advani had cited harsh weather conditions to skip the event.

“Advani Ji’s decades-long service in public life has been marked by an unwavering commitment to transparency and integrity, setting an exemplary standard in political ethics. He has made unparalleled efforts towards furthering national unity and cultural resurgence. The conferring of the Bharat Ratna on him is a very emotional moment for me. I will always consider it my privilege to have countless opportunities to interact with and learn from him,” PM Modi posted on X on Saturday.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP Says Rahul ‘Unhinged’: Will OBC Politics Work? | Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Rahul Gandhi |News18

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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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