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Bharatiya Janata Party
भारतीय जनता पार्टी
President Amit Shah
Parliamentary Chairperson Narendra Modi
Lok Sabha leader Narendra Modi
(Prime Minister)
Rajya Sabha leader Arun Jaitley
Founded 6 April 1980 (34 years ago) (1980-04-06)
Preceded by Bharatiya Jana Sangh
Janata Party
Headquarters 11 Ashoka Road,
New Delhi 110001
Newspaper Kamal Sandesh
Student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
Youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha
Women's wing BJP Mahila Morcha
Peasant's wing BJP Kisan Morcha
Membership 40 million (Jan 2015)[1]
Ideology Hindu nationalism
Social conservatism
Gandhian socialism[2]
Integral humanism
Political position Right-wing[3][4]
International affiliation None
Colours      Saffron
ECI Status National Party[5]
Alliance National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
Seats in Lok Sabha
281 / 545
[6](currently 542 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
45 / 245
[7](currently 243 members)
Election symbol
BJP election symbol.svg
Politics of India
Political parties

The Bharatiya Janata Party (pronounced [bʱaːrət̪iːjə dʒənət̪aː paːrʈiː] ( ); translation: Indian People's Party; abbr. BJP) is one of the two major parties in the Indian political system, along with the Indian National Congress. As of 2014, it is the country's largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies. The BJP is a right-wing party,[8][4] with close ideological and organisational links to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The BJP's origins lie in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. After the State of Emergency in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party; it defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 general election. After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP. Although initially unsuccessful, winning only two seats in the 1984 general election, it grew in strength on the back of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Following victories in several state elections and better performances in national elections, the BJP became the largest party in the parliament in 1996; its government lasted only 13 days, due to lack of majority in the lower house of the parliament.

After the 1998 general election, the BJP-led coalition known as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed a government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a year. Following fresh elections, the NDA government, again headed by Vajpayee, lasted for a full term in office; this was the first non-Congress government to do so. In the 2004 general election, the NDA suffered an unexpected defeat, and for the next ten years the BJP was the principal opposition party. Long time Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi led it to a landslide victory in the 2014 general election. Since that election, Modi leads the NDA government as Prime Minister and as of February 2015, the alliance governs 12 states.

The ideology of the BJP is "integral humanism", first formulated by Deendayal Upadhyaya in 1965. The party expresses a commitment to Hindutva, and its policy has historically reflected Hindu nationalist positions. The BJP advocates social conservatism and a foreign policy centred on nationalist principles. Its key issues have included the abrogation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the building of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and the implementation of a uniform civil code. However, the 1998–2004 NDA government did not pursue any of these controversial issues. It instead focused on a largely neoliberal economic policy prioritizing globalisation and economic growth over social welfare.


Bharatiya Jana Sangh (1951–77)[edit]

Main article: Bharatiya Jana Sangh

The BJP's origins lie in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, popularly known as the Jana Sangh, founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee in 1951 in response to the secular politics of the dominant Congress party. It was widely regarded to be the political arm of the voluntary Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).[9] The Jana Sangh's aims included the protection of India's "Hindu" cultural identity, in addition to what it perceived to be the appeasement of Muslim people and Pakistan by the Indian National Congress and then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.[10]

The Jana Sangh's first major campaign centered on a demand for the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir into India. Mookerjee was arrested for violating orders from the state government restraining him from entering Kashmir. He died in jail a few months later of a heart attack.[11] The leadership of the organisation went to Deendayal Upadhyaya, and eventually to younger leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L. K. Advani. The majority of the party workers, including Upadhyaya, continued to be adherents of the RSS. Despite the momentum gained through the Kashmir agitation, the Jana Sangh won three Lok Sabha seats in the first general elections in 1952. It maintained a minor presence in parliament until 1967. During this period, the main points on the party's agenda were legislating a uniform civil code, banning cow slaughter and abolishing the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir.[11][12][13]

After assembly elections across the country in 1967, the party entered into a coalition with several other parties, including the Swatantra Party and the socialists. It formed governments in various states across the Hindi heartland, including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It was the first time the Jana Sangh held political office, albeit within a coalition; this caused the shelving of the Jana Sangh's more radical agenda.[14]

Janata Party (1977–80)[edit]

Main article: Janata Party

In 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a state of emergency. The Jana Sangh took part in the widespread protests, with thousands of its members joining other agitators in jails across the country. In 1977, the emergency was cancelled and general elections were held. The Jana Sangh merged with parties from across the political spectrum, including the Socialist Party, the Congress (O) and the Bharatiya Lok Dal to form the Janata Party, with its main agenda being defeating Indira Gandhi.[10]

The Janata Party won a huge majority in 1977 and formed a government with Morarji Desai as Prime Minister. Vajpayee, previously leader of the Jana Sangh, was appointed Minister of External Affairs. However, disagreements over power sharing between the various factions plagued the Janata government. After two and a half years, Desai resigned from his position causing the disintegration of the Janata Party. After a brief period of coalition rule, general elections were held in 1980.[15]

BJP (1980–present)[edit]

Formation and early days[edit]

The BJP was one of the new parties that emerged from the break-up of the Janata Party in 1980. Although distinct from the Jana Sangh, the bulk of its rank and file were identical to its predecessor, with Vajpayee being its first president. Historian Ramachandra Guha writes that the years after the formation of the BJP were marked by a wave of communal violence in the early 1980s.[16] Despite this, the BJP initially moderated the Hindu nationalist stance of its predecessor to gain a wider appeal. This was unsuccessful, as it won only two Lok Sabha seats in the elections of 1984.[17] The assassination of Indira Gandhi a few months earlier also contributed to the low tally, as the Congress won a record number of seats.[18]

Influential figures
Deendayal Upadhyaya conceived "integral humanism", the philosophy of the BJP
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP prime minister (1998–2004)

Babri Masjid demolition and the Hindutva movement[edit]

Further information: Hindutva and Demolition of the Babri Masjid

The failure of Vajpayee's moderate strategy led to a shift in the ideology of the party toward a policy of more hardline Hindu fundamentalism.[17][19] In 1984, Advani was appointed president of the party, and under him it became the political voice of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. In the early 1980s, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) began a campaign for the construction of a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama at the site of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya. The mosque had been constructed by the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1527. There is a dispute about whether a temple once stood there.[20] The agitation was on the basis of the belief that the site was the birthplace of Rama, and that a temple had been demolished to construct the mosque.[21] The BJP threw its support behind this campaign, and made it a part of their election platform. It won 86 Lok Sabha seats in 1989, a tally which made its support crucial to the National Front government of V. P. Singh.[22]

In September 1990, Advani started a "rath yatra" to Ayodhya in support of the Ram temple movement. According to Guha, the imagery employed by the yatra was "militant, masculine, and anti-Muslim," and the speeches delivered by Advani during the yatra accused the government of appeasing Muslim people. The riots and disturbances that followed led to Advani's arrest by the Bihar government, but a large body of kar sevaks or Sangh Parivar activists reached Ayodhya, attempting to destroy the mosque.[23] This resulted in a battle with the paramilitary forces that ended with the deaths of several kar sevaks. The BJP withdrew its support from the V.P. Singh government, leading to fresh general elections. It once again increased its tally, to 120 seats, and won a majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.[23]

On 6 December 1992, the RSS and its affiliates organised a rally involving thousands of VHP and BJP activists at the site of the mosque.[23] Under circumstances that are not entirely clear, the rally developed into a frenzied attack that ended with the demolition of the mosque.[23] Over the following weeks, waves of violence between Hindus and Muslims erupted all over the country, killing over 2,000 people.[23] The government briefly banned the VHP, and many BJP leaders, including Advani were arrested for making inflammatory speeches provoking the demolition.[24][25] Several historians have said that the demolition was the product of a conspiracy by the Sangh Parivar, and not a spontaneous act.[23]

A 2009 report, authored by Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan, found that 68 people were responsible for the demolition, mostly leaders from the BJP.[25] Among those named were Vajpayee, Advani, and Murli Manohar Joshi. The report also criticised Kalyan Singh, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the demolition.[25] He was accused of posting bureaucrats and police officers who would stay silent during the demolition.[25] Anju Gupta, an Indian Police Service officer in charge of Advani's security, appeared as a prominent witness before the commission. She said that Advani and Joshi made provocative speeches that were a major factor in the mob's behaviour.[26]

In the parliamentary elections in 1996, the BJP capitalised on the communal polarisation that followed the demolition to win 161 Lok Sabha seats, making it the largest party in parliament.[27] Vajpayee was sworn in as Prime Minister, but was unable to attain a majority in the Lok Sabha, forcing the government to resign after 13 days.[27]

NDA government (1998–2004)[edit]

A coalition of regional parties formed the government in 1996, but this grouping was short lived, and mid-term polls were held in 1998. The BJP contested the elections leading a coalition called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which contained its existing allies like the Samata Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena in addition to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Biju Janata Dal. Among these regional parties, the Shiv Sena was the only one which had an ideology similar to the BJP; Amartya Sen, for example, called the coalition an "ad hoc" grouping.[28][29] The NDA had a majority with outside support from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Vajpayee returned as Prime Minister.[30] However, the coalition ruptured in May 1999 when the leader of AIADMK, Jayalalitha, withdrew her support, and fresh elections were again held.

Prime Minister Vajpayee with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2000. India–Russia defence relations rebounded under Vajpayee, with several key military deals being made.[31]

On 13 October 1999, the NDA, without the AIADMK, won 303 seats in parliament and thus an outright majority. The BJP alone had its highest ever tally of 183. Vajpayee became Prime Minister for the third time; Advani became Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister. This NDA government lasted its full term of five years. Its policy agenda included a more aggressive stance on defence and terror as well as neo-liberal economic policies.[32]

In 2001, Bangaru Laxman, then the BJP president, was filmed accepting a bribe of INR100,000 (equivalent to INR220,000 or US$3,400 in 2015)[33] to recommend the purchase of hand-held thermal imagers for the Indian Army to the Defence Ministry, in a sting operation by Tehelka journalists.[34][35] The BJP was forced to make him resign and he was subsequently prosecuted. In April 2012, he was sentenced to four years in prison and died on 1 March 2014.[36]

2002 Gujarat violence[edit]

Main article: 2002 Gujarat violence

On 27 February 2002, a train carrying Hindu pilgrims was burned outside the town of Godhra, killing 59 people. The incident was seen as an attack upon Hindus, and sparked off massive anti-Muslim violence across the state of Gujarat that lasted several weeks.[37] The death toll estimated was as high as 2000, while 150,000 were displaced.[38] Rape, mutilation, and torture were also widespread.[38][39] The then-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and several high-ranking government officials were accused of initiating and condoning the violence, as were police officers who allegedly directed the rioters and gave them lists of Muslim-owned properties.[40] In April 2009, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate and expedite the Gujarat riots cases. In 2012, Modi was cleared of complicity in the violence by the SIT; however, BJP MLA Maya Kodnani, who later held a cabinet portfolio in the Modi government, was convicted of having orchestrated one of the riots and sentenced to 28 years imprisonment.[41][42] Scholars such as Paul Brass, Martha Nussbaum and Dipankar Gupta have said that there was a high level of state complicity in the incidents.[43][44][45]

General election defeats[edit]

Vajpayee called for elections in early 2004, six months ahead of schedule. The NDA's campaign was based on the slogan "India Shining", which sought to depict it as responsible for a rapid economic transformation of the country.[46] However, the NDA unexpectedly suffered a heavy defeat, winning only a 186 seats in the Lok Sabha, compared to the 222 of the Congress and its allies. Manmohan Singh succeeded Vajpayee as Prime Minister as the head of the United Progressive Alliance. The NDA's failure to reach out to rural Indians was provided as an explanation for its defeat, as was its divisive policy agenda.[46][47]

In May 2008, the BJP won the state elections in Karnataka. This was the first time that the party won assembly elections in any South Indian state. However, it lost the next assembly election in 2013. In the 2009 general elections, its strength in the Lok Sabha was reduced to 116 seats.[48]

General election victory, 2014[edit]

In the 2014 Indian general election, the BJP won 282 seats, leading the NDA to a tally of 336 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha.[49] This was the first instance since 1984 of a single party achieving an outright majority in the Indian Parliament[50] and the first time that it achieved a majority in the Lok Sabha on its own strength. The BJP parliamentary leader Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014.[51][52]

General election results[edit]

The Bharatiya Janata Party was officially created in 1980, and the first general election it contested was in 1984, in which it won only two Lok Sabha seats. Following the election in 1996, the BJP became the largest party in the Lok Sabha for the first time, but the government it formed was short-lived.[27] In the elections of 1998 and 1999, it remained the largest party, and headed the ruling coalition on both occasions.[32] In the 2014 general election, it won an outright majority in parliament. From 1991 onward, a BJP member has led the opposition whenever the party was not in power.[53]

Year General Election Seats Won Change in Seat  % of votes votes swing Ref.
Indian general election, 1984 8th Lok Sabha 2 Increase 2 7.74 [54]
Indian general election, 1989 9th Lok Sabha 85 Increase 83 11.36 Increase 3.62 [55]
Indian general election, 1991 10th Lok Sabha 120 Increase 35 20.11 Increase 8.75 [56]
Indian general election, 1996 11th Lok Sabha 161 Increase 41 20.29 Increase 0.18 [57]
Indian general election, 1998 12th Lok Sabha 182 Increase 21 25.59 Increase 5.30 [58]
Indian general election, 1999 13th Lok Sabha 182 Increase 0 23.75 Decrease 1.84 [59]
Indian general election, 2004 14th Lok Sabha 138 Decrease 44 22.16 Decrease 1.69 [60]
Indian general election, 2009 15th Lok Sabha 116 Decrease 22 18.80 Decrease 3.36 [61]
Indian general election, 2014 16th Lok Sabha 282 Increase 166 31.00 Increase12.2 [62]

Ideology and political positions[edit]

Social policies and Hindutva[edit]

The official philosophy of the BJP is "Integral humanism".[63] It is committed to Hindutva, an ideology articulated by Indian independence activist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. According to the party, Hindutva is cultural nationalism favouring Indian culture over westernisation, thus it extends to all Indians regardless of religion.[17] However, scholars and political analysts have called their Hindutva ideology an attempt to redefine India, recast it as a Hindu country to the exclusion of other religions, making it a Hindu nationalist party in a general sense.[23][17][64][65] The BJP has slightly moderated its stance after the NDA was formed in 1998, due to the presence of parties with a broader set of ideologies.[23][32]

The BJP's Hindutva ideology has been expressed in different instances and in many of its government policies. It supports the construction of the Ram temple at the site of the Babri Mosque.[64] This issue was its major poll plank in the 1991 general elections.[64] However, the demolition of the mosque during a BJP rally in 1992 resulted in a backlash against it, leading to a decline of the temple's prominence in its agenda.[64] The education policy of the NDA government reorganised the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and tasked it with extensively revising the textbooks used in Indian schools.[66] Various scholars have stated that this revision, especially in the case of history textbooks, was a covert attempt to "saffronise" Indian history.[66][67][68][69] The NDA government introduced Vedic astrology as a subject in college curricula, despite opposition from several leading scientists.[70]

Taking a position against what it calls the "pseudo-secularism" of the Congress party, the BJP instead supports "positive secularism".[64] Vajpayee laid out the BJP's interpretation of Mahatma Gandhi's doctrine of Sarva Dharma Sambhava and contrasted it with what he called European secularism.[71] He had said that Indian secularism attempted to see all religions with equal respect, while European secularism was independent of religion, thus making the former more "positive".[72] The BJP supports a uniform civil code, which would apply a common set of personal laws to every citizen, replacing the existing religious laws for each community. According to historian Yogendra Malik, this ignores the differential procedures required to protect the cultural identity of the Muslim minority.[17][64] The BJP favours the abrogation of Article 370 from the Indian constitution, which grants a greater degree of autonomy to the Jammu and Kashmir in recognition of the unusual circumstances surrounding its accession to the Indian union.[17]

The BJP opposes illegal migration into India from Bangladesh.[65] The party states that this migration, mostly in the states of Assam and West Bengal, threatens the security, economy and stability of the country.[65] Academics have pointed out that the BJP refers to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh as refugees, and reserves the term "illegal" for Muslim migrants.[65] Academic Michael Gillan writes that this is an attempt to use an emotive issue to mobilise Hindu sentiment in a region where the party has not been historically successful.[65][73]

In 2013, the Supreme Court of India reinstated the controversial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which, among other things, criminalises homosexuality. There was a popular outcry, although clerics, including Muslim religious leaders, stated that they supported the verdict.[74][75] The BJP president said that the party supported section 377, because it believed that homosexuality was unnatural,[76] though its stand has softened after its victory in the 2014 general elections.[77]

Economic policies[edit]

The BJP's economic policy has changed considerably since its founding. There is a significant range of economic ideologies within the party. In the 1980s, like the Jana Sangh, it reflected the thinking of the RSS and its affiliates. It supported swadeshi (the promotion of indigenous industries and products) and a protectionist export policy. However, it supported internal economic liberalisation, and opposed the state-driven industrialisation favoured by the Congress.[78]

During the 1996 elections, the BJP shifted its stance away from protectionism and towards globalisation; its election manifesto recommended increasing foreign investment in priority sectors, while restricting it in others. When the party was in power in 1998, it shifted its policy even further in favour of globalisation. The tenure of the NDA saw an unprecedented influx of foreign companies in India.[78] This was criticised by the left parties and the BJP's affiliates (the RSS and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch).[78] The communist parties said that the BJP was attempting to appease the World Bank and the United States government through its neoliberal policies.[78] Similarly, the RSS stated that the BJP was not being true to its swadeshi ideology.[78]

India's GDP growth increased substantially during the tenure of the two NDA governments from 1998 to 2004. The 2004 campaign slogan "India Shining" was on the party's belief that the free market would bring prosperity to all sectors of society.[79] After its unexpected defeat, commentators said that it was punished for neglecting the needs of the poor and focusing too much on its corporate allies.[46][47][80]

This shift in the economic policies of the BJP was there in the state governments, especially in Gujarat, where the BJP held power for 16 years.[81] Modi's government, in power from 2002 to 2014, followed a strongly neo-liberal agenda, presented as a drive towards development.[82][83] Its policies have included extensive privatisation of infrastructure and services, as well as a significant rollback of labour and environmental regulations. While this was praised by the business community, commentators criticised it as catering to the BJP's upper class constituency instead of the poor.[82][84]

Defence and terrorism[edit]

Compared to the Congress, the BJP takes a more aggressive and nationalistic position on defence policy and terrorism.[85][86] The NDA government carried out nuclear weapons tests, and enacted the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which later came under heavy criticism.[85][86] It also deployed troops to evict infiltrators from Kargil, and supported the United States' War on Terror.[87]

Although previous Congress governments developed the capability for a nuclear weapons test, the Vajpayee government broke India's historical policy of avoiding it and authorised Pokhran-II, a series of five nuclear tests in 1998.[85] The tests came soon after Pakistan tested a medium range ballistic missile. They were seen as an attempt to display India's military prowess to the world, and a reflection of anti-Pakistan sentiment within the BJP.[85]

The Vajpayee government ordered the Indian armed forces to expel the Pakistani soldiers occupying Kashmir territory, later known as the Kargil War.[88][89] Although the government was later criticised for the intelligence failures that did not detect Pakistani presence, it was successful in ousting them from the disputed territory.[88][89]

After the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001, the NDA government passed the Prevention of Terrorism Act.[86] The aim of the act was the improve the government's ability to deal with terrorism.[86] It initially failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha; therefore, the NDA took the extraordinary step of convening a joint session of the Parliament, where the numerical superior Lok Sabha allowed the bill to pass.[86] The act was subsequently used to prosecute hundreds of people accused of terrorism.[86] However, it was criticised by opposition parties and scholars for being an infringement upon civil liberties, and the National Human Rights Commission stated that it had been used to target Muslims.[86] It was later repealed by the Congress-led UPA government in 2004.[90]

Foreign policy[edit]

The historical stance of the BJP towards foreign policy, like the Jana Sangh, was based on an aggressive Hindu nationalism combined with economic protectionism.[91] Leading RSS and BJP figures including Golwalkar and Jaswant Singh criticised the Congress's more conciliatory foreign policy as running contrary to India's "militant" past.[91] The Jana Sangh was founded with the explicit aim of reversing the partition of India; as a result, its official position was that the existence of Pakistan was illegitimate.[91] This antagonism toward Pakistan remains a significant influence on the BJP's ideology.[91][92] The party and its affiliates have strongly opposed India's long standing policy of nonalignment, and instead advocate closeness to the United States.[91]

The Vajpayee government's foreign policy in many ways represented a radical shift from BJP orthodoxy, while maintaining some aspects of it.[78][92] His party criticised him for adopting a much more moderate stance with Pakistan. In 1998, he made a landmark visit to Pakistan, and inaugurated the Delhi–Lahore Bus service.[91] Vajpayee signed the Lahore Declaration, which was an attempt to improve Indo-Pak relations that deteriorated after the 1998 nuclear tests.[91] However, the presence of Pakistani soldiers and militants in the disputed Kashmir territory was discovered a few months later, causing the 1999 Kargil War, which ended without any territory changing hands.[clarification needed][91] Despite the war, Vajpayee continued to display a willingness to engage Pakistan in dialogue. This was not well received among the BJP cadre, who criticised the government for being "weak".[91] This faction of the BJP asserted itself at the post-Kargil Agra summit, preventing any significant deal from being reached.[91]

Organisational structure[edit]

The organisation of the BJP is strictly hierarchical, with the president being the highest authority in the party.[63] Until 2012, the BJP constitution mandated that any qualified member could be national or state president for a single three-year term.[63] This was amended to a maximum of two consecutive terms.[93] Below the president is the national executive, which contains a variable number of senior leaders from across the country. It is the higher decision making body of the party. Its members are several vice-presidents, general-secretaries, treasurers and secretaries, who work directly with the president.[63] An identical structure, with an executive committee led by a president, exists at the state, regional, district and local level.[63]

The BJP is a cadre-based party. It has close connections with other organisations with similar ideology, like the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The cadres of these groups often supplement the BJP's. Its lower members are largely derived from the RSS and its affiliates, loosely known as the Sangh Parivar.[63] Other associates of the BJP include:[63]

Presence in various states[edit]

As of December 2014, states with BJP governments are shown in orange, and NDA governments in brown. States where the BJP is a significant opposition party are in yellow, and other states are shown in blue.

As of December 2014, the BJP holds a majority of assembly in eight states: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Goa, Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. In three other states and one union territory – Punjab, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry respectively – it shares power with other political parties of the NDA coalition. The BJP has previously been the sole party in power in Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Delhi. It has also ruled Odisha and Bihar as part of coalition governments.[94]

List of Current NDA Chief Ministers[edit]

No State/UT Govt Since Chief Minister CM's Party CM Since Seats in Assembly Seats Percentage Ref(s)
1 Gujarat 28 February 1998 Anandiben Patel Bharatiya Janata Party 22 May 2014 121/182 66 [95][96]
2 Chhattisgarh 4 December 2003 Raman Singh Bharatiya Janata Party 7 December 2003 49/90 54 [97]
3 Madhya Pradesh 4 December 2003 Shivraj Singh Chouhan Bharatiya Janata Party 29 November 2005 165/230 72 [98]
4 Punjab 13 February 2007 Prakash Singh Badal Shiromani Akali Dal 1 March 2007 68/117 58 [99]
5 Nagaland 8 March 2008 T. R. Zeliang Naga People's Front 24 May 2014 39/60 65 [100]
6 Puducherry 13 May 2011 N. Rangaswamy All India N.R. Congress 16 May 2011 15/30 50 [101]
7 Goa 6 March 2012 Laxmikant Parsekar Bharatiya Janata Party 8 November 2014 24/40 60 [102]
8 Rajasthan 8 December 2013 Vasundhara Raje Bharatiya Janata Party 13 December 2013 163/200 82 [103]
9 Andhra Pradesh 16 May 2014 N. Chandrababu Naidu Telugu Desam Party 8 June 2014 105/175 60 [104]
10 Haryana 19 October 2014 Manohar Lal Khattar Bharatiya Janata Party 26 October 2014 47/90 52 [105]
11 Maharashtra 19 October 2014 Devendra Fadnavis Bharatiya Janata Party 31 October 2014 186/288 65 [106]
12 Jharkhand 23 December 2014 Raghubar Das Bharatiya Janata Party 28 December 2014 42/81 52 [107]

List of party presidents[edit]

No. Year Name Note Ref.
1 1980–86 Atal Bihari Vajpayee (cropped).jpg Atal Bihari Vajpayee [108]
2 1986–91 Lkadvani.jpg L. K. Advani First term [108]
3 1991–93 Murli Manohar Joshi 2.jpg Murli Manohar Joshi [108]
(2) 1993–98 Lkadvani.jpg L. K. Advani Second term [108]
4 1998–2000 Kushabhau Thakre [108]
5 2000–01 Bangaru Laxman [108]
5 2001–02 Jana1.JPG Jana Krishnamurthi [108]
6 2002–04 Venkaiah Naidu.jpg Venkaiah Naidu [108]
(2) 2004–06 Lkadvani.jpg L. K. Advani Third term [108]
7 2006–09 Rajnath singh.png Rajnath Singh First term [108]
8 2009–13 Nitin Gadkari 7.JPG Nitin Gadkari [108]
(7) 2013–14 Rajnath singh.png Rajnath Singh Second term [108]
9 2014–present Amit Shah.jpg Amit Shah [109]

See also[edit]

Notes and References[edit]

  1. ^ Zee Media Bureau. "BJP enrolls 4 crore members, PM Modi hails workers". Zee News. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Bharatiya Janata Party 2013.
  3. ^ Malik 1992, pp. 318-336.
  4. ^ a b Banerjee 2005, p. 3118.
  5. ^ Election Commission 2013.
  6. ^ Lok Sabha Official Website.
  7. ^ Rajya Sabha Official Website.
  8. ^ Malik 1992, p. 318.
  9. ^ Noorani 1978, p. 216.
  10. ^ a b Guha 2007, p. 136.
  11. ^ a b Guha 2007, p. 250.
  12. ^ Guha 2007, p. 413.
  13. ^ Guha 2007, p. 352.
  14. ^ Guha 2007, pp. 427–428.
  15. ^ Guha 2007, pp. 538-540.
  16. ^ Guha 2007, pp. 563–564.
  17. ^ a b c d e f Malik & Singh 1992, pp. 318-336.
  18. ^ Guha 2007, p. 579.
  19. ^ Pai 1996, pp. 1170–1183.
  20. ^ Jha 2003.
  21. ^ Flint 2005, p. 165.
  22. ^ Guha 2007, pp. 582–598.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h Guha 2007, pp. 633-659.
  24. ^ NDTV 2012.
  25. ^ a b c d Al Jazeera 2009.
  26. ^ Venkatesan 2005.
  27. ^ a b c Guha 2007, p. 633.
  28. ^ Jones 2013.
  29. ^ Sen 2005, p. 254.
  30. ^ 1998.
  31. ^ atimes 2001.
  32. ^ a b c Sen 2005, pp. 251-272.
  33. ^ Outlook 2012.
  34. ^ Kattakayam 2012.
  35. ^ India Today 2001.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Baxter, Craig (1971) [first published by University of Pennsylvania Press 1969]. The Jana Sangh - A Biography of an Indian Political Party. Oxford University Press, Bombay. ISBN 0812275837. 
  • Graham, B. D. (1990). Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics: The Origins and Development of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-38348X. 
  • Malik, Yogendra K.; Singh, V.B. (1994). Hindu Nationalists in India : The Rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-8810-4. 
  • Jaffrelot, Christophe (1996). The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. ISBN 978-1850653011. 
  • Mishra, Madhusudan (1997). Bharatiya Janata Party and India's Foreign Policy. New Delhi: Uppal Pub. House. ISBN 81-85565-79-1. 
  • Sharma, C.P. Thakur, Devendra P. (1999). India under Atal Behari Vajpayee : The BJP Era. New Delhi: UBS Publishers' Distributors. ISBN 978-81-7476-250-4. 
  • Bhambhri, C.P. (2001). Bharatiya Janata Party : Periphery to Centre. Delhi: Shipra. ISBN 81-7541-078-7. 
  • Nag, Kingshuk (2014). The Saffron Tide: The Rise of the BJP. Rupa Publications. ASIN B00NSIB0Q4. ISBN 978-8129134295. 

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