Shri. L.K. Advani
India’s Deputy Home Minister
At the time of Amritavarsham50, Shri. L.K. Advani was serving as India’s Deputy Home Minister.
His earlier schooling was at St. Patrick’s in Karachi. He later on graduated in Law from Bombay University. Though not a practising lawyer, he argued on behalf of his party in 1974 before the Supreme Court in the Presidential reference whether election to the post of President could be held when the Gujarat Assembly was dissolved.
At the time of partition of India into Pakistan and India in 1947, Shri. Advani was the RSS organiser in Karachi City. After partition, for several years, Shri. Advani organised RSS work in Rajasthan. When Dr. Mukherji founded Jana Sangh in 1951, Shri. Advani became its Rajasthan State Secretary and continued there till 1957 before he moved to Delhi to become the Delhi Jana Sangh Secretary and during this period he was also the Secretary to the Jana Sangh Parliamentary Group.
From 1970 to 1989, he was a Member of the Rajya Sabha. In 1989 and again in 1991 he was elected to Lok Sabha. In 1991, he was also appointed the Leader of Opposition. He was elected President of Jana Sangh in 1973 and continued until 1977, before he was appointed Information & Broadcasting Minister in the Janata government.
The BJP was launched in 1980, and for the next six years, he held the post of general secretary. In 1986, he became the All India President, which post he held until January 1991.