Prime Minister Narendra Modi described LK Advani as a “scholar, statesman and one of India’s most respected leaders” in a series of tweets on Friday, wishing the BJP veteran on his 92nd birthday. He also met the former Deputy Prime Minister at his home and greeted him with flowers.

“For Advani Ji, public service has always been associated with values. Not once has he compromised on the core ideology. When it came to safeguarding our democracy, he was at the forefront. As a Minister, his administrative skills are universally lauded,” PM Modi tweeted.

Mr Advani “toiled for decades” to give shape and strength to the BJP, said the Prime Minister. “If over the years, our party has emerged as a dominant pole of Indian politics, it is because of leaders like Advani Ji and the selfless Karyakartas he groomed for decades,” he wrote.

Mr Advani was born on 8 November in 1927 in Karachi in undivided India. After partition, his family moved to India.

He is a founder member of the BJP along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died last year. He was also the BJP’s longest serving president.