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Smriti Irani files nomination from Amethi - April 16, 2014 05:30 PM

Smriti Irani, the BJP candidate from Amethi filed her nominations today. She is contesting against the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi.

Modi avoids commenting on 2002 Gujarat riots - April 16, 2014 04:50 PM

As per media reports, in a recent interview to TV9, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi evaded the question of him apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots. Modi said “Congress people should first account for their sins before seeking account from others.” He further refuted the opinion of Modi wave in the country and said "Modi is not bigger than the party."

BJP caught in the hands of a single individual: Sonia Gandhi - April 16, 2014 04:14 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday the Bharatiya Janata Party is caught up in the hands of a single individual and the nation should not fall into this trap. She also said the Congress party has done the most to help the Sri Lankan Tamils. Addressing an election rally here, around 710 km from Chennai, Gandhi said the nation is being divided on the basis of religion which in turn would destroy social peace. Source: IANS

No fight between families, says Maneka - April 16, 2014 03:37 PM

  There is no fight between the Gandhi families, BJP leader Maneka Gandhi said Wednesday, a day after her son Varun was accused of "betraying the family" by Priyanka Gandhi. "It's not a fight between two families, nor between two cousins. There's no war, this is an election," Maneka Gandhi told Times Now television channel. Source: IANS

Time to bid goodbye to Congress: Modi - April 16, 2014 03:06 PM

Years of Congress rule is responsible for corruption in India and it is time to "bid goodbye" to the party, BJP leader Narendra Modi said Wednesday. "When Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister he said that for every rupee sent from Delhi, only 15 paisa reached the common man. This was when the Congress ruled the country from panchayats to parliament. Who was responsible for corruption then?" Modi asked at an election rally here. Source: IANS  

BJP empowers one, Congress empowers all, says Priyanka - April 16, 2014 02:16 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of putting power in one person, and said the Congress believes in empowering people. "The opposition party believes in giving all the power to one person or a few people who take all decisions, while the Congress party wants people to become strong. All our schemes are based on it," said Priyanka Gandhi while campaigning for her mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, here. Source: IANS

BJP to get majority, Modi will be PM: Naidu - April 16, 2014 02:00 PM

The BJP will get an "absolute majority" in the Lok Sabha election and Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of the country, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Wednesday. "The BJP is heading for an absolute majority and Modi will be the next PM," Naidu told a press conference here. Source: IANS  

Former home secretary battles caste in Bihar - April 16, 2014 12:47 PM

Having shed his official attire for dhoti and kurta, former Indian home secretary R.K. Singh has realized that caste matters most in elections -- certainly in Bihar. The BJP fielded R.K. Singh, an ex-IAS officer,in the Ara Lok Sabha constituency as he is a Rajput and the community has a strong presence in the area. Source: IANS

Naveen Patnaik facing his toughest battle yet - April 16, 2014 12:24 PM

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to be facing his toughest political battle as he bids for a fourth straight term in Odisha and struggles to retain his party's 14 Lok Sabha seats out of the state's total of 21. If opinion polls are any indication, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by him may retain power with a reduced strength, but the resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could pose a formidable challenge to his political career. Source: IANS

Sonia, Rahul destroyed the country: Modi - April 16, 2014 10:15 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi have destroyed the country, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Tuesday. "The mother-son duo has destroyed the country," Modi thundered at an election rally in Bihar's Bhagalpur Lok Sabha constituency. Source: IANS

PM kin's reaction means claims in books are true: Modi - April 16, 2014 10:12 AM

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter's reaction to a book which questioned her father's authority as the head of the government proves that the contents of the book are true. "If the PM's daughter is saying that it was betrayal, then it means that the prime minister's family believes that the contents of the book are true," Modi said in his rally in Bhagalpur. Source: IANS

Kejriwal begins campaigning in Varanasi - April 16, 2014 09:56 AM

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday plunged into campaigning for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, where he will face BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Arriving here after a overnight train ride from Delhi, Kejriwal met a Muslim leader and also a group of traders and listened to their problems. Source: IANS

Varun has betrayed the Gandhi family, says Priyanka - April 15, 2014 05:27 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday slammed estranged cousin Varun Gandhi for the second time in three days, criticising him for siding with the BJP, and "betraying the family". Talking to reporters in Amethi, Priyanka accused the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency of "betraying the family". Source: IANS

Won't tolerate Chinese incursion or Pakistani infiltration: Rajnath - April 15, 2014 04:24 PM

BJP president Rajnath Singh said Tuesday that a BJP-led government won't tolerate incursion by Chinese troops and infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan. Addressing an election rally in Udhampur town, 65 km from here, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party wants good relations with Pakistan and China "but we will not tolerate incursion and infiltration". Source: IANS

JD-U candidate quits to ensure BJP's defeat - April 15, 2014 03:37 PM

Janata Dal-United candidate in Bihar's Kishanganj constituency, Akhtarul Iman, Tuesday said he won't contest the Lok Sabha election so as not to divide the anti-BJP votes. "I have decided not to contest the polls to minimize the chances of a split in secular votes and to ensure the defeat of the BJP in Kishanganj," Akhtarul said. Source: IANS

Second phase polling in Jharkhand April 17 - April 15, 2014 03:35 PM

For the second phase Jharkhand poll April 17, the BJP has been toiling to retain its seats, while the Congress and other parties are trying to improve their tallies. The first phase of polling for four seats was held April 10. Six Lok Sabha constituencies - Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Khuti and Chaibasa - go to the polls April 17. Source: IANS

BJP bets on Modi to check Congress in Karnataka - April 15, 2014 02:58 PM

A staggering 46 million voters will elect 28 lawmakers when Karnataka votes Thursday in the sixth phase of the general election and the BJP is betting big on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to do well. The political fortunes of 434 candidates, including 195 independents and 21 women, in 28 parliamentary constituencies, with five reserved for Dalits (SCs) and two for tribals (STs), will be decided. Source: IANS

Modi regrets targeting Manmohan, attacks Rahul - April 15, 2014 02:55 PM

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday regretted attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but targeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Addressing an election rally here, Modi said he regretted attacking Manmohan Singh as Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were to blame for the party's poor governance. Source: IANS

Odisha votes for its final phase of LS, assembly polls Thursday - April 15, 2014 02:35 PM

About 16 million voters will decide the political fate of 98 candidates for the 11 Lok Sabha and 747 aspirants for the 77 assembly seats in the final phase of polling Thursday in Odisha, with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) hoping to romp home for the fourth straight term. Although different regional and national parties have fielded their candidates, the main contest is between the BJD, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) nominees for most of the seats. Source: IANS

Sonia, Rahul, Advani to hit campaign trail in Bengal - April 15, 2014 02:00 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and party president Rajnath Singh will hit the campaign trail for the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal. According to a BJP spokesperson, Rajnath Singh will be arriving in the city Wednesday and is scheduled to hold three rallies in Rampurhat in Birbhum district, Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur and Raiganj in North Dinajpur. Source: IANS

BJP cadres want action on nomination fiasco in Nilgiris - April 15, 2014 12:10 PM

The BJP leaders and cadres are seething with anger at the party candidate from Tamil Nadu's Nilgiris constituency failing to file his nomination papers properly, and are demanding that responsibility be fixed for the fiasco. The party members are not willing to accept the reason touted by S. Gurumurthy - vehicle break-down - for filing his nomination papers very late as the BJP's candidate for the high-profile Nilgiris constituency. Source: IANS

Manmohan must introspect his impact on PMO: Jaitley - April 15, 2014 11:10 AM

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must seriously introspect as to how his tenure has impacted the Prime Minister's Office as an institution. "Prime ministers are known not by the number of years they have spent in office, but by the footprints they leave behind," Jaitley said, attacking the prime minister. The comments came after the release of a book - The Accidental Prime Minister - by the prime minister's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru Friday that has raked up a controversy. Source: IANS  

Manmohan Singh weakest PM ever, says BJP - April 15, 2014 10:56 AM

The BJP Sunday called Manmohan Singh the "weakest prime minister ever", and asked him to introspect how his tenure "impacted on the institution". Commenting on the book "The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh" by the prime minister's former advisor Sanjay Baru, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani said the book endorsed what everyone knew -- that Manmohan Singh was the weakest prime minister. Source: IANS

Kejriwal to start Varanasi campaign Tuesday - April 15, 2014 10:19 AM

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will begin campaigning against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi from Tuesday, his colleagues said Monday. With senior colleagues including Sanjay Singh and Manish Sisodia already in the temple town, Kejriwal will reach Varanasi Tuesday after an overnight train journey from New Delhi. Source: IANS

Congress humiliates Ambedkar, against Dalits: Modi - April 15, 2014 10:13 AM

The Congress has humiliated Bhim Rao Ambedkar, a key architect of India's Constitution, on many occasions, and the party was against Dalits and has done everything to stop the development of people, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Monday. "This government is against Dalits and has done everything to stop the growth and development of people," Modi said at an election meeting at Lakhimpur Kheri, 130 km from Lucknow. Source: IANS
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About Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Founded on December 1980
FoundersAtal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani
Prominent leaders of BJPNarendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh
Parliamentary ChairpersonL K Advani
President of BJPRajnath Singh
Leader of BJP in Lok SabhaSushma Swaraj
Leader of BJP in Rajya SabhaArun Jaitley
PM Candidate 2014Narendra Modi
Former Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Political PositionRight Wing (Socialism)
PhilosophyHindu-nationalist ideology, Integral humanism, social conservatism
Election symbolBharatiya Janata Party Symbol
AllianceNDA (National Democratic Alliance)
Party typeNational Party
BJP Youth WingBharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)
BJP Women Wing BJP Mahila Morcha
Student WingAkhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
Peasant's WingBJP Kisan Morcha
Seats in Lok Sabha116 out of 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha49 out of 245
Head office address11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110001
Phone no.011-23005700
Official websitehttp://www.bjp.org/
BJP current Chief Ministers
BJP Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh
BJP Goa CM Shri Manohar Parrikar
BJP Gujarat CM Shri Narendra Modi
BJP Madhya Pradesh CM Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan
NDA Punjab CM Sardar Prakash Singh Badal(SAD)
BJP Rajasthan CM Smt. Vasundhara Raje
BJP Candidate List for General Elections 2014
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) translated in English as the "Indian People's Party", is one of the most prominent political party in India today.
It is a major national party with a right-wing political position. It strongly adheres to a Hindu-nationalist ideology, proposing Hindutva through social conservatism and perseverance of Hinduism. It is the most significant member of the family of active organizations known as the 'Sangh Parivar'. The BJP was officially formed in 1980,under the political guidance and leadership of two of its most significant leaders, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani. Both of them were members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the political wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, nationalist cultural organization of independent India. The BJS was founded by Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee in 1951, to combat the increasing political power of the Indian National Congress (INC). The INC had initiated a number of compromises in the questions of political and cultural integrity and unity of India. For instance, the BJS did not support the appeasement policy for Muslims, which was introduced by Gandhiji and carried out by the INC. This was unacceptable to the ideological standings of the BJS. To revolt against each of these issues, the BJS, under the umbrella of RSS, began to grow in strength. But soon after, with Mookherjee's death, the organization started to decline in political importance. The BJS lasted for 24 years, under the able leadership of Deendayal Upadhyaya. It was in this period that leaders like Vajpayee and Advani were groomed, who would be able to take charge of the future political affairs of India. In the 1977 elections, after the Indira Gandhi-imposed Emergency was called off, the BJS merged with three other active political organizations with a socialist and regionalist approach. This coalition came to be called the Janata Party. It won a landslide victory by a thumping majority 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 December 1980, comprising members of the nucleus of the Janata Party. Vajpayee was the first President of the BJP. The BJP came to power at the Centre, by forming a coalition of parties in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from 1998 to 2004. The present President of the BJP is Rajnath Singh. Today it is the major opposition party in the Houses of Parliament. Sushma Swaraj is the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, whereas Arun Jaitley is the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. The National Executive Committee of the BJP has unanimously decided to file Narendra Modi, the present Chief Minister of Gujarat, as its fittest candidate for the post of Prime Minister in the 2014 general elections.

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 Hindutva, which it describes as cultural nationalism. In other words, the BJP is adherent to cultural values of India, which holds a national significance. For example, the BJP promotes the ban on cow-killing, as it is considered a Hindu God. Again, the party upholds the cultural unity of India, by strongly criticizing the European notions of ‘secularism'. The BJP believes that the INC is political party with a pseudo-secular ideology. It also believes, that by strongly propagating a cultural nationalist Hindutva approach, it is not in anyway, propagating a Hindu nationalism which believes in dividing the nation along religious lines. 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 heritages. 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 is, according to the party, supposed to symbolize 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, according to Hindu mythology. The BJP promotes cultural education in various colleges and universities. For example, it recommends the teaching of the Hindu Holy Book, the Gita in various schools across India. Through this wisdom, the BJP believes it can spread the message of traditionalism, cultural pride, purity and integral humanism to the masses of India, including the lower castes and other minorities.

National Executives of BJP

The leaders of the BJP, who are also their national representatives and executives, are the following:
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Senior Leader of BJP-Vajpayee was the founder of the BJP. He was also the Prime Minister of India from 1998-2004. Presently he is a member of the present National Executive Committee of the BJP.
  • L.K. Advani, Senior Leader of BJP-Advani is the present Parliamentary Chairperson representing the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was the Leader of Opposition in the 10thand 14thLok Sabha sessions respectively. He had replaced Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the President of BJP. When the NDA formed the government at the Centre in 1998, under the Prime Ministerial role of 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, President of BJP-Singh is serving his second term as President of BJP. His first term in the same role was from 2005-2009. And second term is from 2013 to present. He has remained the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, as well as a Cabinet Minister of the NDA in the Centre.
  • Nitin Gadkari, ex- President of the BJP-Gadkari remained in office as President of BJP from 2010 to 2013, when he was succeeded by Rajnath Singh. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of BJP.
  • Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition of Lok Sabha-Swaraj is an ex Chief Minister of Delhi as well as a Union Cabinet Minister of the NDA-led government of India. She has remained an MP for a consecutive period of 6 terms. She is presently the Leader of Opposition for the 15thLok Sabha session.
  • Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha- A notable lawyer by profession, Jaitley is a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP. He was 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, Chief Minister of Gujarat-Modi is a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP as well as the PM- candidate from the party for the 2014 general elections. He is serving his 4thterm as Chief Minister of Gujarat.


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 organization 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 feminist issues like women violation, both in the domestic and public spheres.
  • 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. He thereby committed to long-lasting peace of India with Pakistan. In 2001, Vajpayee initiated a summit between the two nations, inviting Pervez Musharraf as the Pakistan military ruler. Although the summit failed, Vajpayee is said to have made repeated attempts to again warm up the relation 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 famously passed the Anti Copy Act in 1992.

Contact Details

  • Official Website of BJP - http://www.bjp.org/
  • Information - webmaster@bjp.org
  • Head-Office Address of BJP - 11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
  • Contact Numbers-PHONE:011-23005700
  • FAX:011-23005787
  • Email id:bjpco2006@gmail.com

Last Updated on February 06, 2014

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