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Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata party is a leading political party in India and at present plays the role of opposition. It s abbreviated name is simply the "BJP".

The BJP has evolved from the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, that was formed by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in 1951 as the political wing of the activist Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamesevak Sangh.

The Bharatiya Jana Sangh put in major efforts to re-establish India according to the norms of Hindu culture, much to the chagrin of other parties that believed in Secularism...
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BJP News

Goa Minister slams Parrikar-led finance ministry's functioning

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    7:32 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Goa Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte on Saturday joined the chorus of the Opposition and other cabinet colleagues, claiming that the state administration had come to a standstill in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. View More..

Jaitley flays Andhra, Bengal on CBI move

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    7:16 pm
Bhopal, Nov 17 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday flayed the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments for withdrawing "general consent" to the CBI for raids and investigations in their states, saying scams cannot be wiped off by such a decision and that it was against the countrys federal structure. View More..

Kerala shutdown called by Hindu groups largely peaceful

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    7:06 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17 (IANS) The dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown called by a few Hindu groups on Saturday was peaceful, barring a few clashes, police sources said. View More..

Haryana government stopped me from visiting dispensary: Kejriwal

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    6:16 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday accused the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana of preventing him from visiting a dispensary in Assandh assembly constituency of the state. View More..

In Chhattisgarh, Rahul dares Modi to speak up on Rafale, promises farm loan waiver

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    6:14 pm
Koriya/Jashpur/Darima (Chhattisgarh), Nov 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the Rafale "scam" and assured poll-bound Chhattisgarh of completely waiving off farm loans if his party comes to power in the state. View More..

Congress to take up Parrikar's health, constitutional crisis in Goa in Parliament

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    6:00 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) The Congress will raise the issue of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's continuance in power and the impending "constitutional crisis" in BJP-ruled Goa in Parliament, party's national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday. View More..

BJP 'rath-yatra' in Bengal rescheduled

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    5:58 pm
Kolkata, Nov 17 (IANS) One of the three BJP-sponsored 'rath-yatras' due in West Bengal next month has been rescheduled as party president Amit Shah, who is supposed to kick off the rallies, will be busy in the Telengana poll campaign, a state BJP leader said on Saturday. View More..

Parrikar knows a lot about Rafale deal: Surjewala

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    5:34 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Former Defence Minister and current Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer, knows a "whole lot of things" about the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday. View More..

Will waive off loans of all farmers in Chhattisgarh: Rahul

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    4:50 pm
Koriya/Jashpur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 17 (IANS) Charging the ruling BJP with creating two Chhattisgarhs, one of the rich and the other of the poor and the exploited, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday pledged to waive off all farm loans within 10 days of his party coming to power in the state. View More..

Sabarimala protests: Detained religious leaders granted bail

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    4:28 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17 (IANS) Religious leaders who were taken into preventive detention from the Sabarimala temple premises on Friday night were granted bail on Saturday. View More..

BJP pledges Rs 265 bonus for MP farmers with up to 5 acres land

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    4:20 pm
Bhopal, Nov 17 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday said it would give a bonus of Rs 265 to farmers with up to 5 acres of land in Madhya Pradesh, and also pledged to announce a new salary framework for state government employees. View More..

RLSP ultimatum to BJP over seat-sharing in Bihar

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    4:20 pm
Patna, Nov 17 (IANS) Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to the BJP to ensure by November 30 "respectful" seat-sharing in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Will waive-off all Chhattisgarh farmers loans: Rahul

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    3:34 pm
Koriya (Chhattisgarh) Nov 17 (IANS) Charging the ruling BJP with creating two Chhattisgarhs, one of the rich and the other of the poor and exploited, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday assured that farmers' loans would be completely waived-off within 10 days if his party came to power after the assembly elections in the state. View More..

Congress pits Jaswant's son against Raje in Rajasthan (Lead, correcting intro)

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    3:02 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday released its second list of candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly polls, pitting Manvendra Singh, the son of BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in her traditional Jhalrapatan seat. View More..

Congress pits Jaswant's son against Raje in Rajasthan

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    2:36 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday released its second list of candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly polls, pitting Manvendra Singh, the son of late BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in her traditional Jhalrapatan seat. View More..

All's not well in Bihar NDA: BJP-ally RLSP

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    1:26 pm
Patna, Nov 17 (IANS) The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Saturday that all was not well in the NDA in Bihar and that it would not tolerate insults anymore. View More..

Parrikar should hand over charge, administration paralysed: BJP ally

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    1:12 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should hand over charge since the state administration under his leadership has been paralysed for eight months, a BJP ally said here on Saturday. View More..

Renaming spree: Erasing Muslim heritage (Column: Political Circus)

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    12:18 pm
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has lived up to his reputation as a Hindutva hawk. There has been no mellowing of his attitude as is common in the cases of other hardliners ascending to the seat of power. Instead, he has taken the opportunity of the authority provided by political power to tell the province and the country that Hindu symbols and signs are of overriding importance. View More..

Hindu group calls for shutdown in Kerala

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    10:16 am
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17 (IANS) A Hindu group on Saturday called for a shutdown in Kerala following the "detention" of few religious leaders the previous night from the Sabarimala temple premises. View More..

WCD nominates three members of NCW

Posted On : Nov 16,2018,    10:06 pm
New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Friday said it has nominated three persons as members of the National Commission for Women (NCW). View More..



About Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party History

Bharatiya Janata party is a leading political party in India and at present plays the role of opposition. It s abbreviated name is simply the "BJP". The BJP has evolved from the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, that was formed by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in 1951 as the political wing of the activist Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamesevak Sangh. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh put in major efforts to re-establish India according to the norms of Hindu culture, much to the chagrin of other parties that believed in Secularism. In 1967, Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) gained a sizeable grip in the Hindi-dominating provinces of northern India. After a decade, this party headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee made coalitions with three other political parties and established a new group that was called the Janata Party and took over the pedals of the government. These newly formed coalitions were overwhelmed by factionalism and internal clashes and the government collapsed in July 1979. The Bharatiya Janata party or the BJP, was officially formed in 1980 after splitting by rebellions within the Janata Dal alliance, whose main leaders wanted to exclude chosen BJS officials from participating in the RSS. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh consequently identified itself as the Bharatiya Janata party which was governed by the principles of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, and Murali Manohar Joshi. The Bharatiya Janata party led the national government along with alliance of parties of the NDA from 1998 to 2004 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ruled the government as Prime Minister.

Party Symbol

The party symbol is lotus (kamal) which has been represented in various shapes and colours, especially saffron. However in electronic voting machines (EVM), it is a lined diagram of the lotus flower in blue. The voters, so used to seeing a saffron lotus, are often confused when they see this blue outline of a lotus as they are looking for the saffron, the colour most associated with the BJP. Due to this reason in 2013 the party made an effort to promote the outlined lotus in all its propaganda.

"The symbol kamal (lotus) may not be decorated, distorted or made colourful in any way to make it more attractive. By doing so, the voters get confused at the time of voting," Rajnath Singh said in his November 2, 2013 letter.

BJP National Leaders

Party leadership at the moment includes Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr. L K Advani, Mr. Rajnath Singh, and Mr. Narendra Modi. There are many leaders who have been very vocal and visible in the party like Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Mr. Arun Jaitley and Mr. Venkaiah Naidu

BJP's Presence in different states

Records indicate that since December 2013, the BJP has attained a majority of assembly seats in five states that include Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Goa. In two other states Punjab and Nagaland it shares power with other political parties of the NDA coalition. The BJP has formerly ruled Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, as well as Odisha, and Jharkhand as part of coalition governments.

List of BJP Chief Ministers

S.no States Chief Minister
1 Chhattisgarh Shri Raman Singh
2 Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar
3 Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi
4 Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan
5 Punjab Sardar Prakash Singh Badal
6 Punjab Smt. Vasundhara Raje


Ideology and Objectives

The Bharatiya Janata party has immense significance in the politics of India. It believes that the party runs by the maxims vital humanism and Hindutva, which was elucidated by the party as cultural nationalism devoted to a pleasant civilization as opposed to Hindu nationalism. Party advocates sternly believe in national defense strategies. The notion of Hindutva is the focal point in the philosophy of the Bharatiya Janata party. The party thinks it has a major objective to change India into a contemporary and progressive country by following the rules from ancient Hindu culture and values of India. According to the party's establishment, it describes that the party is vowed to develop India as a strong and wealthy nation, which is progressive and liberal in position and thus is able to appear as a great world power in the world. The BJP has a goal to develop a democratic state which promises to all people irrespective of caste, creed or sex, political, social and economic fairness, equal opportunity and freedom of faith and expression. The Party shall bear true loyalty to the structure of India at legal ground and to the beliefs of socialism, secularism and social equality and would maintain the power, unity and openness of India.

BJP and Hindutva

The BJP reveals great dedication to Hindutva, a philosophy expressed by Hindu politician Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The party emphasizes that Hindutva is just cultural nationalism, which supports Indian inheritance and culture over Westernization. The principles of the BJP asserted that Hindutva naturally broadens to all Indians despite differences of religion. Many investigators and political leaders designated that Hindutva philosophy adopted by the BJP and its associates is to redefine India in terms of its Hindu legacy, and to recast it as a Hindu nation. It is just an effort to establish a Hindu nationalist party.

After the creation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 1998, there is an alteration in the beliefs and policies of the BJP on Hindutva, as numerous groups merged that had diverse beliefs. The BJP has enacted diverse strategies in government to take forward its Hindutva ideology, like changing the content in school books. Mr Murali Manohar Joshi's efforts were opposed to strongly by other national parties.

Ram Janmabhoomi and the BJP

Since its initial stage, the BJP is committed to build the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya at the location of the disputed structure/Babri Mosque. The party was in the forefront of the campaign to construct a temple in the start of 1990s, and raised this issue in the electoral process in 1991. There was massive support by hindus who has donated bricks and service to the temple building process. The Kar sevaks were aggressive and determined. So much was the support that the BJP was able to come to power at the center not to speak of the demolition of the Babri Masjid during a BJP rally in 1992. However, the building of the temple in the rhetoric of the party has been toned down as the enthusiasm of the people died down and also much blood has been shed over the issue in terms of riots and destabilization of the Indian Nation.

The BJP Definition Of Secularism

The BJP emerged as a huge party that strongly criticized the Congress for accepting "pseudo-secularism", instead of "positive secularism". The BJP particularly supports the abolition of the laws that exist to preserve the cultural inheritance of minority groups such as Muslims and the endorsement of a uniform civil code across all religions. Atal Bihari Vajpayee stated that Indian secularism must visualize all religions with great respect, while European secularism was autonomous of religion and make Indian secularism more constructive.

BJP's stand on Bangladeshi Immigrants

The BJP has espoused strategies that rebuff illegal migration into India from Bangladesh. The party justifies its stand by stating that such illegal immigration may lead to disturbance in India mostly in the states of Assam and West Bengal and intimidate the security, financial system, and strength of the nation. Many scholars designated that the BJP party consider these Hindu migrants from Bangladesh as refugees, and they are illegal.

Economic Policies of the BJP

The monetary strategy of the BJP has considerably transformed since its establishment in 1980, and there is an array of economic philosophies within the party. In the decade of 1980, the BJP, revealed the thoughts of the RSS and its associates. It adopted Swadeshi, or the sponsorship of native industries and products, and a protectionist export strategy. Mainly, BJP favored internal economic liberalization and resisted the state-driven industrialization that is encouraged by its opponent party, the Congress.

As time passed, the policies of the BJP had changed and in the elections in 1996, the BJP had changed its attitude considerably from protectionism and moved toward globalization. At that time, its election proposal suggested to enhance foreign investment in priority business areas, while limiting it in other sectors. When the party gained power at the centre in 1998, it changed its standing and worked to promote globalization. During this period, NDA had made much transformation and there were unparalleled entry of foreign companies into India. Such activities created heavy criticism from the left parties and also from its supportive parties such as the RSS and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch. The communist parties stated that the BJP wanted to calm down the World Bank and the United States government through its neoliberal strategies. This attitude was reverberated by the RSS, and raised concerns that the BJP did not follow Swadeshi principles.

But in the period of two NDA governments that was from 1998 to 2004, India's GDP had increased significantly. In the 2004 election process, BJP's slogan was India Shining that diverted attention of the public to visualize substantial transformation in the market. The party's ideology is to develop the free market in order to enhance wealth to all sectors of civilization. Though its ideology favors national development, the party had to face an unforeseen defeat. Many critics voiced that NDA's policies were not effectual as it overlooked the needs of the poor and marginalized and put more emphasis on its business.

Such changes in the monetary policies of the BJP have been mirrored in the state government, particularly in Gujarat where BJP has ruled for long time. Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat since 2002, has followed a clearly neoliberal program, framed as a drive towards expansion. His government devised strategies that favor wide-ranging privatization of infrastructure and services, as well as a significant rollback of labor and environmental system. Such policies are appreciated by the business group of people but critics argue that the party is supporting high class people. Also many rules and laws are overlooked to accommodate these businesses which may lead to more problems later.

The BJP on National Defence

The BJP has outlined polices to promote a strong national defence mechanism which includes a transformation of India's armed forces and a strong nuclear deterrence. It supports the full incorporation of Jammu and Kashmir into India by withdrawing its special status. The BJP claims to follow the principles of Gandhian socialism. It favors positive secularism and spotless administration. According to the BJP, struggle of reservations for the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes are similar to the backward castes as per the proposal of the Mandal Commission.

BJP and its future

Currently, the BJP is visualized as a good option to take political power in the country. BJP has won the state assembly election 2013 in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and come out as the biggest party in Delhi. To generate awareness among people, the Bhartiya Janata Party has even launched a website and invited suggestions from voters for its election manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP's manifesto is influential as it is collecting "people's ideas" with the option of "Post your suggestion" at their website www.bjpelectionmanifesto.com. In the party manifesto, BJP promoted images of prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, party president Rajnath Singh and head of the proposal committee Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. Mr. Modi appeals to citizens of India that they will change representative democracy into participatory democracy. The party also assures people about non-negotiable commitment and representation of the aspirations of the all citizens of India, with special focus on the youth.


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