Those ideals principles also respected Lal Krishna Advani first statement after Bharat Ratna


New Delhi: After the announcement of Bharat Ratna award, veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has given the first reaction. He said in a statement that “With utmost humility and gratitude, I accept the ‘Bharat Ratna’, which has been conferred on me today. This is not only an honor for me as an individual, but also an honor for the ideals and principles that I have served to the best of my ability throughout my life. Lal Krishna Advani heartily thanked President Draupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for honoring him with Bharat Ratna.

Recalling his association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Lal Krishna Advani further said that ‘Ever since I joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a volunteer at the age of 14, I have asked for only one thing as a reward in life. To serve my beloved country dedicatedly and selflessly in whatever task I have been assigned. What has inspired my life is the motto ‘Idam Na Mam’ – This life is not mine. My life is for my nation.

Remembering Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani further said that ‘Today I gratefully remember the two persons with whom I had the honor of working closely, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the lakhs of workers, volunteers and others of my party with whom I had the privilege of working throughout my journey in public life. I also express my deepest condolences to all the members of my family, especially my dear late wife Kamala. He has been the greatest source of strength and stability in my life.

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