In pictures: India's oldest-serving leaders

VS Achuthanandan, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, LK Advani, HD Deve Gowda, Parkash Singh Badal, Tarun Gogoi and Farooq Abdullah are among the oldest leaders.

VS Achuthanandan

“VS is a phenomenon, which the world outside Kerala will acknowledge sooner or later," says a follower from Kerala.

Former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan is 94 years old now. He is also the founder of Communist Party of India and has been in active politics for 79 years now.


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MK Karunanidhi

File photo of DMK chief MK Karunanidhi.

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Parkash Singh Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former chief minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, has now turned 90. He has now completed 70 years in politics.

Badal, an 11-time MLA, transformed the panthic party, with focus firmly on Sikhs, into a Punjabi party that fielded 11 Hindus in the 2012 polls.

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LK Advani

But the man, who captured the essence of Emergency was Lal Krishna Advani. Addressing the atmosphere of fear in which the media operated, his words are etched in memory: when asked to bend, they chose to crawl.

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HD Deve Gowda

File photo of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.

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Tarun Gogoi

Since 1971, when Gogoi became the Congress’ ‘compromise candidate’ to contest his maiden Lok Sabha polls from Jorhat, his hometown, he has been having an easy run in so far as his own elections are concerned.

The former chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi is 83 years old and has actively participated in politics for 54 years now.

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Farooq Abdullah

One of India's most flamboyant leaders, Farooq Abdullah has never lost an election from Jammu and Kashmir. The 80 years old, Abdullah is a member of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference. The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and also the former union minister has completed 37 years in politics till now.

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