26 Facts About BJP


The BJP is aligned with right-wing politics, and its policies have historically reflected a traditional Hindu nationalist ideology; it has close ideological and organisational links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh .

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On 5 August 2019, the newly re-elected BJP government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and on 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court of India passed the final verdict on the case of the Ayodhya dispute that handed over the land to a trust organization to build the Ram Mandir, a major Hindu temple.

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BJP died of a heart attack the following month, while still in jail.

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The BJP initially moderated the Hindu nationalist stance of its predecessor the Jana Sangh to gain a wider appeal, emphasising its links to the Janata Party and the ideology of Gandhian Socialism.

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The BJP threw its support behind this campaign and made it a part of their election platform.

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The BJP withdrew its support from the V P Singh government, leading to fresh general elections.

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The government briefly banned the VHP, and many BJP leaders, including Advani were arrested for making inflammatory speeches provoking the demolition.

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BJP was accused of posting bureaucrats and police officers who would stay silent during the demolition.

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BJP's said that Advani and Joshi made provocative speeches that were a major factor in the mob's behaviour.

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The BJP contested the elections leading a coalition called the National Democratic Alliance, 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 and the Biju Janata Dal.

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The BJP was forced to make him resign and he was prosecuted.

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The BJP was able to expand its traditionally upper-caste, upper-class support base and received significant support from middle-class and Dalit people, as well as among Other Backward Classes.

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The BJP was very successful at mobilising its supporters and raising voter turnout among them.

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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.

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BJP 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".

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The BJP favoured, and later enacted the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted a greater degree of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir in recognition of the unusual circumstances surrounding its accession to the Indian Union.

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Academics have pointed out that the BJP refers to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh as refugees, and reserves the term "illegal" for Muslim migrants.

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The communist parties said that the BJP was attempting to appease the World Bank and the United States government through its neoliberal policies.

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BJP's party criticised him for adopting a much more moderate stance with Pakistan.

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However, the BJP strongly condemned the 2003 invasion of Iraq, stating that it "deplores the unjustified military action resorted to by the United States, Britain and their allies against Iraq".

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The BJP opposed the 2011 military intervention in Libya and urged the Lok Sabha to pass a unanimous resolution condemning it.

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The Modi government has since been described as taking a "hardline" approach on Pakistan, and the BJP has accused the opposition Congress of collaborating with Pakistan through its criticism of government policy.

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Organisation of the BJP is strictly hierarchical, with the president being the highest authority in the party.

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Until 2012, the BJP constitution mandated that any qualified member could be national or state president for a single three-year term.

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From 1991 onwards, a BJP member has led the Opposition whenever the party was not in power.

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BJP has previously held power in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, and has been the junior coalition partner in governments in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu .

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