Wait for Advani is over, as BJP names him party’s Prime Ministerial candidateDecember 10th, 2007 - 10:25 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Within hours before Gujarat goes to polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today evening announced former party president Lal Krishna Advani as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
The decision to name Advani as the candidate for the Prime Minister in the next Lok Sabha elections was taken unanimously at the party’s parliamentary board meeting here today.
Former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee also reportedly supported Advani for the prime ministerial candidate, and is said to have distanced from the active politics due to his health problems.
Earlier in the day, Advani met Vajpayee at the latter’s residence where BJP president Rajnath Singh was also present.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has also endorsed Advani’s candidature.
Advani, known as the hardliner within the BJP, had to give up the party presidentship after the 2004 general elections amidst his controversial remark about Mohammed Ali Jinnah as a secular leader.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Advani was the Deputy Prime Minister in the previous NDA government and was in charge of the crucial Home Ministry.
Born in Karachi on November 8, 1927, Advani was educated at St. Patrick’s High School, and later completed his graduation from D G National College in Hyderabad, now in Pakistan.
Journalist by profession, he joined Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh (RSS) in 1942 and became its secretary of the Karachi branch in 1947.
He was the president of the Delhi State Jana Sangh from 1970 to 1972 and was detained under the MISA in Bangalore during the emergency period.
Advani has been the Leader of Opposition in the Parliament on three previous occasions. He was the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha from January to April 1980, in Lok Sabha from November 1991 to July 1993 and again in May 2004.
He was also the Information and Broadcasting Minister in the Janata Party Government in 1977.
His controversial Rath Yatra in 1990 for building a Ram temple at the disputed site of Babri Masjid whipped up communal sentiment in the country. He was also accused in the December 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid. (ANI)
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