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A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday also demanded that the central government should make the data of the caste census public. "I fail to understand why the centre was withholding the caste-based census data. It should be made public," Nitish Kumar said in Patna at an official function. "When the caste census was conducted, there is no meaning in not making it public. If there will be exact information about numerical strength of different castes, it would help to finalise schemes for their development and empowerment," he said. Manjhi also demanded that caste based Census data should be made public without further delay. "There is no justification to keep the caste-based census data as a secret information," said Manjhi, who set up the Hindustan Awami Morcha after being expelled from Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. Source: IANS
The central government on Monday rejected calls for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, even as a police trainee recruited through Vyapam was found dead -- the third death in three days, while union minister Uma Bharti said she fears for the lives of those around her. While the central government rejected calls for a CBI probe, Uma Bharti called for it. "There is panic in Madhya Pradesh due to the deaths. I am scared for the lives of people connected to me. I am a minister, but still I am scared. I will convey my fears to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan," Uma Bharti told India Today TV channel. "I suspect a big conspiracy," she said, but refused to elaborate on her statement. A former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Bharti has been mentioned in one of the FIRs in the case. Source: IANS
The Congress in Goa on Monday likened the state's public debt to nearly bankrupt Greece, claiming the BJP-led government was only adding to fiscal woes with unrestrained funding. "Goa is heading the Greece way as far as debt is concerned and the government does not appear to be doing much to help the situation. Goa's public debt stands at Rs.13,900 crore. It amounts to almost Rs.93,000 per head," state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro said at a press conference in Panaji. Faleiro said that despite the mounting debt, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government was splurging money on foreign junkets and revenue-intensive projects. Source: IANS
India and Uzbekistan on Monday discussed Afghanistan and the "rising threat of extremism and terrorism in the extended neighbourhood" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, on his first stop on his Central Asian tour. Modi, who held restricted and delegational talks with Karimov, said both nations agreed to intensity security cooperation and exchanges and also defence and cyber security cooperation. In his media statement following the talks, Modi said both sides discussed steps to implement the contract signed earlier for supply of uranium from Uzbekistan. Both leaders also discussed initiatives to enhance connectivity. Source: IANS
Amid a chorus for his resignation over the Vyapam scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said it was he who had ordered a probe into the case when it was first unearthed in 2013. "As soon as the scam was first reported in 2013, I ordered agencies concerned to carry out an in-depth investigation," Chouhan said in an interview to India Today TV. When reminded that the scam had been in news since 2009-10, Chouhan claimed it was only in 2013 that large-scale misappropriation associated with Vyapam came to light. Source: IANS
About Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Factsheet
|Founders||Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani|
|Prominent leaders of BJP||Narendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Sushma Swaraj|
|Parliamentary Board Chairperson||Amit Shah|
|President of BJP||Amit Shah|
|Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha||Narendra Modi|
|Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha||Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister)|
|PM Candidate 2014||Narendra Modi|
|Former Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Political Position||Right Wing (Socialism)|
|Philosophy||Cultural Nationalism, Integral Humanism, Social Traditionalism|
|Alliance||NDA (National Democratic Alliance)|
|Party type||National Party|
|BJP Youth Wing||Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)|
|BJP Women Wing||BJP Mahila Morcha (BJPMM)|
|Student Wing||Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)|
|Peasant's Wing||BJP Kisan Morcha|
|Seats in Lok Sabha||281 out of 545|
|Seats in Rajya Sabha||42 out of 245|
|Head office address||11, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110001|
|BJP current Chief Ministers|
|Chhattisgarh||Dr. Raman Singh|
|Goa||Shri Laxmikant Parsekar|
|Haryana||Shri Manohar Lal Khattar|
|Gujarat||Smt. Anandiben Patel|
|Jharkhand||Shri Raghubar Das|
|Madhya Pradesh||Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan|
|Maharashtra||Shri Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis|
|Rajasthan||Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia|
|BJP Candidate List for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015|
It was in this period that leaders like Vajpayee and Advani were groomed, who were able to take charge of the future political affairs of India. In the 1977 elections, after the Emergency was called off, the BJS merged with three other active political organisations with a socialist and regionalist approach. This coalition came to be called the Janata Party. It registered a landslide victory in the 1977 elections, and formed the government under Morarji Desai's leadership. However, with increasing internal factionalism and political chaos, the Janata Party collapsed in 1979. The Bharatiya Janata Party was formally announced in 1980, comprising members of the nucleus of Janata Party. Vajpayee was the first President of the BJP.
The BJP came to power at the Centre, by forming a coalition of parties called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from 1998 to 2004. The present President of the BJP is Amit Shah. The BJP is the largest political party in the Parliament. The party won 282 seats in the 2014 General Elections and the NDA got a total of 336 seats. Since 1984, it was for the first time that any party got a clear majority in the Parliament. On 26 May 2014, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. Modi is the leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha, whereas Arun Jaitley is the leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha.
Election Symbol and its Significance
The Election Symbol of the BJP from its inception, as approved by the Election Commission of India, is the “Lotus”. The Lotus is the national flower of India. The BJP election symbol therefore has many prominent representations. Firstly, the symbol is used to indicate a national identity that the BJP strongly upholds. The BJP's political ideology is described as cultural nationalism. In other words, the BJP is adherent to cultural values of India. For example, the BJP promotes the ban on cow-slaughter as it is considered a holy animal. Again, the party seeks to uphold the cultural unity of India, by strongly criticising the European notion of ‘secularism'.
The BJP claims that the INC is a political party with a pseudo-secular ideology. It also believes that by strongly propagating a cultural nationalist approach, it is not in anyway, propagating Hindu nationalism. On the contrary, the BJP asserts that it is dedicated to the building up of a harmonious, united and integrated India, which will uphold its traditions and heritage. The objectives of the Party are outlined thus: "The party is pledged to build up India as a strong and prosperous nation, which is modern, progressive and enlightened in outlook and which proudly draws inspiration from India's ancient culture and values and thus is able to emerge as a great world power, playing an effective role in the community of nations for the establishment of world peace and a just international order.
The party aims at establishing a democratic state which guarantees to all citizens “irrespective of caste, creed or sex, political, social and economic justice, equality of opportunity and liberty of faith and expression.” In other words, the election symbol of the BJP symbolises a pan-Indian outlook, representing and respecting all sections of a united “Bharat” or India. Secondly, the lotus is a symbol of Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and education. The BJP promotes cultural education. For example, it recommends the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita in educational institutions.
National Executives of BJP
The prominent leaders of the BJP, who are also their national representatives, are the following:
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Senior Leader of BJP, Vajpayee has been the founder of the BJP. He was also the Prime Minister of India from 1998-2004. Presently, he is a member of the National Executive Committee and Margdarshak Mandal of BJP.
- L.K. Advani, Senior Leader of BJP-Advani was the Leader of Opposition in the 10th and 14th Lok Sabha sessions respectively. He replaced Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the President of BJP. When the NDA formed the government at the Centre in 1998, under Vajpayee, Advani was the Home Minister in his cabinet. Later he was given the post of Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002-04. Advani has written his autobiography called “My Country My Life” which was published in 2008.
- Rajnath Singh, ex-President of BJP-Singh is currently the Union Minister of Home Affairs. He served as President of BJP twice. His first term was from 2005-2009, and second term from 2013-2014. He has been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh as well as a Cabinet Minister at the Centre.
- Nitin Gadkari, ex- President of the BJP, Gadkari is the present Transport Minister. He was the President of BJP from 2010 to 2013, and was later succeeded by Rajnath Singh. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of BJP.
- Sushma Swaraj, ex Chief Minister of Delhi-Swaraj is the current Minister of External Affairs in the NDA-led government of India. She has been an MP for six terms in a row. She is presently the Union Minister of External Affairs in the Narendra Modi government and a member of the 16th Lok Sabha.
- Arun Jaitley, The Minister of Finance and the Minister of Information & Broadcasting in the present government. A notable lawyer by profession, Jaitley is a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP. He has previously been a Cabinet Minister of the NDA-led government, holding important departments like the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as well as Law and Justice.
- Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Modi is the ex-Chief Minister of Gujarat. He is also an MP from Varanasi.
As a major national political party of India, the BJP has made a number of significant contributions to the political scenario of the country. Some of these are listed below:
- The BJP has to its credit a number of frontal organizations. For example, the BJP youth wing, called the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), founded at almost the same time as the formation of the mother organisation BJP, has contributed to the student politics in the country, fighting major issues such as corruption and unemployment. The women wing of the BJP, called the BJP Mahila Morcha, claims to have addressed a number of women’s issues.
- In the capacity of the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ensured peaceful relations with the neighboring country Pakistan. He signed the Lahore Declaration in 1999, with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. In 2001, Vajpayee initiated a summit between the two nations, inviting Pervez Musharraf , the then Pakistan military ruler. Although the summit failed, Vajpayee is said to have made repeated attempts to warm up the relations between the two nations.
- In 2004, the BJP-led NDA government signed the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), with the neighboring countries of the subcontinent, namely Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
- The BJP-led NDA government attempted to attract huge foreign investments through major infrastructural development projects like the Golden Quadrilateral network of National highways as well as the North South East West Corridor.
- As Education Minister, Rajnath Singh passed the Anti-Copy Act in 1992.
The BJP has recorded victories in Indian General Elections 2014 and in state elections of Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand in the last year or so. The party is hoping to continue its winning streak by capturing clear majority in the Delhi Assembly Elections of 2015 as well. The party has designated former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as its CM candidate for the Delhi elections.
- Official Website - http://www.bjp.org/
- Head-Office - 11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
- Information - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Numbers - 011-23005700
- Fax - 011-23005787
- Email id - email@example.com
BJP Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha Election Results Year Wise
|Lok Sabha||Vidhan Sabha|
|State||Latest Year||Seats Won||Latest Year||Seats Won|
|Andaman & Nicobar||2014||1||-||-|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||2014||1||-||-|
|Daman & Diu||2014||1||-||-|
|Jammu & Kashmir||2014||3||2014||25|
Last Updated on March 10, 2015