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Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani discharged from AIIMS

Advani was admitted for old age-related issues at old private ward of AIIMS around 10.30 pm on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI-    Former deputy prime minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Lal Krishna Advani was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday after he was admitted to the medical facility last night.

The 96-year-old veteran leader was evaluated by a team of doctors from different specialities including urology, cardiology and geriatric medicine. Advani was admitted for old age-related issues at old private ward of AIIMS around 10.30 pm on Wednesday.

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According to news agency PTI, the BJP stalwart is learnt to have undergone a minor procedure. “Advani was admitted for old age-related issues and has been discharged,” the AIIMS official said.

Born in Karachi (present-day Pakistan) on November 8, 1927, Advani joined the RSS as a Swayamsevak in 1942. He served as the BJP National President from 1986 to 1990, then from 1993 to 1998, and from 2004 to 2005. Advani had served as the President of the party for the longest period since its inception in 1980.

Capping a parliamentary career of nearly three decades, LK Advani was first the Home Minister and, later, the Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1999-2004).

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In the run-up to the 2009 elections, Advani being the Leader of the Opposition in a parliamentary democracy was assumingly considered the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the general elections, ending on 16 May 2009, according to the official website of BJP.

On 10 December 2007, the Parliamentary Board of BJP formally announced Advani as its prime ministerial candidate for the general elections due in 2009. But when Congress and its allies won the 2009 general elections, Advani paved the way for Sushma Swaraj to become the Leader of the Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha.

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