Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

The BJP is a direct successor of The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, founded in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee, a nationalist leader, former Union Minister and freedom-fighter. It was considered the political wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The BJP was founded in December 1980, under the direct leadership of Vajpayee and Advani. In the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP got only 2 seats out of 543. However, in the following 1989 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP obtained 88 seats and it supported the Janata Dal-led coalition of V.P. Singh. On October 23, 1990, Advani was arrested by the Chief Minister of Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav, due to his agitation for the construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya, and as a result the BJP withdrew its support of the government and it fell.

The First BJP Government (May 16 – 31st, 1996)

In 1996, the BJP became the single-largest political party in the parliament, with the Congress at its lowest tally ever. The President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, appointed Vajpayee as Prime Minister although he could not enlist the support of 271 MPs in the Lok Sabha.Vajpayee was obliged to resign after serving the shortest time as prime minister in India – 13 days.

The Second BJP Government (March 19, 1998 – October 13, 1999)

Lok Sabha elections were held in 1998, and the NDA National Democratic Alliance obtained a simple majority. This time, the BJP (NDA) had allied with the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal besides its existing allies, the Samata Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal and Shiv Sena. Outside support was provided by the Telugu Desam Party. The NDA had a slim majority, and Vajpayee returned as Prime Minister. But the coalition ruptured in May 1999 when the leader of AIADMK, Jayalalitha, withdrew her support, and fresh elections were again called.

The Third BJP Government (October 13, 1999 – May 13, 2004)

On October 13, 1999, the BJP-led NDA won 303 seats. The BJP won an all-time high of 183. Vajpayee became Prime Minister for the third time in his life, and Advani became the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister. This NDA Government lasted its term of five years.

BJP spokesperson hit back at P. Chidambaram

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday hit back at Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to Criticism Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and claimed that Chidambaram has accepting that no Congress leader can matches the calibre of...

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BJP confidence to remove the Cong from Delhi and Rajasthan

The Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday expressed confidence that her party would succeed in removing the Congress from Rajasthan and Delhi, and asserted that they are fully prepared to face the elections with a great sense of...

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L K Advani ; there is no place for corruption in BJP rule

Targeting the UPA government on the issue of corruption in the past four years, BJP veteran L K Advani on Friday said that corruption has no place under the BJP rule. "It was not there in the past and it will...

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Congress bring CM to Gujarat now BJP invites Modi to Delhi

The Congress has decided to project Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as its face of success during the Gujarat assembly polls last December to counter the Narendra Modi magic. Now, the Delhi BJP unit is planning to invite Gujarat Chief...

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Many BJP’s leaders are in touch to Kejriwal in Delhi polls

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal claimed that many BJP leaders are in touch with his party and had approached him. Kejriwal said that these leaders told him that if the BJP did not project them as the chief ministerial...

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BJP’s Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta hold a Bike rally for protests fuel price

The workers of Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday took out a motorbike rally against the fuel price hike announced by the government yesterday. Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel and party leader Vijender Gupta led the 100-bike...

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BJP: Delhi govt. befooling people on onions sale

Politics over soaring onion prices in the city continued with BJP accusing the Delhi government of "befooling" people on selling the vegetable at reasonable rates and demanded a thorough probe into the issue....

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Delhi’s BJP demands resignation of Transport minister

Delhi BJP on Monday demanded removal of Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami alleging that he was trying to derail the investigation into multi-crore transport scam which is being probed by Anti Corruption Bureau of Delhi Government....

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BJP demands strong action against spurt in crime in Delhi

Expressing concerns over rising lawlessness, Delhi BJP on Wednesday demanded immediate and concrete action to ensure safety and security of people of the capital city. "Lawlessness is rampant in Delhi even as the Chief Minister is expressing helplessness to do anything....

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Narendra Modi’s focus on Muslim community and BJP’s mission 272

The recently concluded meeting of the BJP`s 2014 election campaign committee sprang many surprises. First, the meeting saw BJP patriarch LK Advani, whose acrimony with Narendra Modi had recently brought the saffron party, praising the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi...

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