New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani’s name was not found in BJP’s list of candidates for 2019 Lok Sabha election which was declared this evening.
Advani has been replaced by BJP national president Amit Shah to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat. Veteran leader Advani was fielded from Gandhinagar in the 2014 elections. He had defeated his closest rival from the Congress by over four lakh votes back then.
Meanwhile, as per Aman Sharma’s Twitter post, Advani is said to have officially retired from politics.
Born on November 8, 1927, Advani began his political career as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation.
Advani served as the 7th Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004 under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He had also served as Minister of Home Affairs in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 1998 to 2004.
Advani is one of the co-founders and a senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th Lok Sabha and 14th Lok Sabha.
In 2015 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour.