Lal Krishna Advani

Lal Krishna Advani

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Lal Krishna Advani Profile

  • Name:
  • Lal Krishna Advani
  • Born:
  • November 8, 1927

Lal Krishna Advani Biography

Lal Krishna Advani is also called as Lal Kishanchand Advani. He is an important Indian politician and the former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the major opposition party of the Indian Parliament. From 2002 to 2004 he served as the Deputy Prime Minister of India. He served as the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th and 15th Lok Sabha. He started his career in politics as a volunteer in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

He was born on 8th November 1927 at Karachi in Sindh. His parents are Kishanchand D. Advani and Gyani Devi. He finished his schooling from Saint Patrick’s High School at Karachi. He joined D. G. National College in Hyderabad in Sindh. He graduated in Law from the Government Law College in Bombay University. His political life started in 1947. He was elected as the Secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Karachi.

When Bharatiya Jana Sangh was founded in 1951 by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee he became its member and later in 1975, he became its president. The members of the Jana Sangh formed the new Bharatiya Janata Party and Advani became its leader and represented the party in the Rajya Sabha. He became its president in 1986.

In 1989, the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi was raised by Advani and said that the Babri Masjid was established in the birth place of Rama and so has to be demolished. Sunni Central Wakf board rejected this claim. Lal Krishna Advani started Rath Yathra to mobilize the Karsevaks from Somnath in Gujarat to cover many parts of Northern India and this was stopped by the Chief Minister of Bihar, Lal Prasad Yadav.

In 1991 elections BJP got second place after the Congress party. In the year 1992, two years after his yatra, Babri Masjid was demolished. He was accused in the case for organizing the gangs of rioters. He became the leader of Opposition from 1991 to 1996 during the tenure of P V Narasimha Rao.

After the general election of 1996, BJP became the single largest party to come to power and Vajpayee was made as the Prime Minister in May 1996. However he had to resign after thirteen days due to lack of majority. Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India due to the victory of BJP after the 1998 elections and Advani became the Home Minister and later as the Deputy Prime Minister. The government lasted for five years till 2004. Lal Krishna Advani was charged in Hawala scandals at that time. However BJP lost in 2004 elections and could not come to power after that. 

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Updated: August 24, 2011

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