In 5 years, LK Advani uttered only 365 words in Parliament despite 92% attendance

Much has changed in the life of Lal Krishna Advani in the past five years. Though he continues to sit in the front row of Lok Sabha, he is no longer the fiery parliamentarian India has known him to be. Read the report to know more.

August 8, 2012. The Lok Sabha was debating an adjournment motion on the issue of illegal infiltration into Assam and large-scale ethnic violence in the state. Leading the debate for the Opposition was Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘Loh Purush’ (Iron Man), Lal Krishna Advani.

 from the day suggests that it was a stormy affair. The Manmohan Singh-led UPA II government was hell-bent on defeating the adjournment motion. And so, there were disruptions from the treasury benches. But, LK Advani spoke. There were more disruptions, but Advani continued saying what he wanted to.

This wasn’t entirely new for the veteran politician whose decades-long political career had weathered many such storms. LK Advani’s speech that day spanned nearly 5,000 words (4,957 to be exact). The speech was punctured with at least 50 interruptions from the members sitting on the treasury benches. Ultimately, the motion was defeated but not without Advani speaking his mind.

Fast forward to January 8, 2019. The Lok Sabha was witnessing another stormy day. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government had introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the House.