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Author: Hiral Vyas

Shri L K Advani is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the 2009 General Elections.

Over the years Advaniji has served as president of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the longest period since its inception in 1980. Capping a career Parliamentary nearly three decades, Advaniji was, first, the Minister and later Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1999-2004).

Lal Krishna Advani is widely regarded as a person of great intellectual ability, strong principles and unwavering support to the idea of a strong and prosperous India. As confirmed by Atalji, Advaniji has 'never compromised on his core belief in nationalism, and yet has displayed flexibility in political responses whenever it was demanded by the situation'.

L.K Advani was born on 8 Nov 1927 and grew up in pre-partitioned Sindh. As a student in St. Patrick's School, Karachi, his loyal ideals inspired him to join the Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS) at the mere age of fourteen. He devoted his life to serving the nation ever since.

Advaniji's celebration of India's independence from the British in 1947 was sadly short lived as he became one of the millions to be torn from his motherland among the terror and bloodshed of the tragedy of India's partition. These events, however, did not turn him bitter or misanthropic but instead spurred him on in his desire to create a more secular India. With this goal in mind he journeyed to Rajasthan to continue his work as an RSS Pracharak.

Through the latter half of the 1980s and the 1990s, Advaniji focused on the singular task of building the BJP into a national political force. The results of his efforts were underscored by the 1989 General Election. The Party bounced back from its 1984 tally of 2 to achieve an impressive 86 seats. The Party position moved up to 121 seats in 1992 and 161 in 1996; making the 1996 elections a watershed in Indian democracy. For the first time since independence, the Congress was dethroned from its preeminent position, and the BJP became the single largest party in the Lok Sabha.

An emotional individual with strong family ties, Advaniji has said that 'nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting only that we choose between them, but I have had the good fortune of experiencing both, and in abundance'.

Today, Advaniji asks the people of India to make the right choice, in choosing a leader who has lived through the mistakes of India's past, and looks forward to ensuring that India becomes more united, stronger and stands taller with its Tomorrow brighter than its Today.

About the author: Hiral Vyas, write Articles for BJP India. To know more about Bhartiya Janta Party and LK Advani visit

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