On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah greeted party veteran LK Advani on his 91st birthday. On the day, the BJP leaders not only wished Advani Ji but they also recalled his contribution to national politics, and also in building the party and propagating its ideology.

“Advani Ji’s contribution towards the development of the country is monumental. His ministerial tenures are applauded for futuristic decision making and people-friendly policies. His wisdom is admired across the political spectrum,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

PM Modi credited Advani as the party president who has served for the longest period of time until now and also the longest-serving deputy prime minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

BJP Chief Shah mentioned Advani in his tweets and said that he not only strengthened the organization of BJP but also inspired its workers and maintained discipline into them with his lifelong hard work.

“In taking our ideology to the masses from the Jana Sangh to the BJP and in setting India on the path to progress as a skilled politician in Parliament, Advani Ji’s contribution to Indian politics is unparalleled,” he said.

Jana Sangh was founded in 1951 and it was the precursor to the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was launched in 1980.

On 91st birthday of LK Advani, Home Minister and former BJP president Rajnath Singh described Advani as a stalwart of Indian politics. Singh said that Advani Ji took a good care of Bhartiya Janta Party since its inception. Rajnath Singh also added that  Advani Ji is an inspiration to millions of party karyakartas (workers) and wished him a good health and long life on his birthday.

Advani was sidelined from the party’s affairs when Bhartiya Janta Party hit a low of two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 Lok Sabha polls. He was then made a member of ‘margdarshak mandal’ (group of mentors) in 2014 after it came to power.