New Delhi: On his 85th birthday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Thursday brushed away suggestions of his wanting to be the party's Prime Ministerial candidate.

"Party has given me so much all my life that when somebody says you have to become the Prime Minister, I say becoming Prime Minister is not more than what I have got from the party," Advani told reporters.

Advani is known to nurture Prime Ministerial ambitions and during the 2009 general elections he had gone on a countrywide rath yatra to connect with people.

Among those who went to greet Advani were party chief Nitin Gadkari, who is under attack for alleged financial impropriety in the funding of his Purti Group.

Advani had skipped the BJP core group meeting on Tuesday which was covened to decide on fate of Gadkari as BJP president. However, the party reposed faith in the leadership of incumbent party chief and said he has done 'no legal or moral wrong'.

Advani too had supported Gadkari in a blog last month, where he congratulated the BJP chief on saying he was open to a probe.

President Pranab Mukherjee sent flowers and wishes to Advani on his birthday.

Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin was one of the first to meet Advani in the morning and wished him.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley also wished him.

Swaraj told reporters that she and other BJP leaders have "learnt politics at Advani's feet."

"We wished him good health so that he could guide us in future," she said.

Former BJP president Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, former Uttarakhand CM B C Khanduri and Janata Party Chief Subramanian Swamy, who is now a part of the NDA, also wished Advani.

Prakash Javadekar, spokesperson and MP, said for the "BJP family Atalji and Advaniji will always remain the source of inspiration".


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