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Vajpayee a leader from among them for the party workers

By Vinod

New Delhi, Aug 16: Lets understand fondness of BJP workers for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by this anecdote, one of the BJP worker who was very close to him came to Delhi from Allahabad with some eatable that the former PM was very fond of and both of them used to have together whenever Vajpayee ji was in the city. But after becoming the PM and fall of the government, still security arrangements of Vajpayee restricted his movement and people's access to him. He staying at Murali Manohar Joshi's Raisina Road residence. The person came to meet him but was not allowed. He requested to send at least his message to him. Somehow message reached, Vajpayee ji came and met him. He had said that he had to go for Parliament debate but since the person had come all the way from Allahabad, lets us have the stuff that he brought but after that he would have have to rush for Parliament. This was Mr Vajpayee for his workers and many such incidence.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

He was not only the first Prime Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but also the first President of the BJP. But his role, his charisma, his hardwork and simplicity and his statesmanship like quality that is asset for his workers and that had made the journey of the BJP and its leadership so enriching.

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People who had the chance of working with him say that his simplicity was such that he used to visit smallest worker of the party while visiting any particular city and used to dine with him. He used to address his worker by their names to strike a different cord especially with workers from the smaller cities or town. He is the only leader who was never shown his anger with any leader or party worker. If there is any disagreement on any issue how big it could have been, he had his own way to say and get it resolve. This was the reason that he was never defies. His was one of the best orator of all time.

As far as his personality as politician goes, the foremost important thing is that it had helped the BJP to rally other allies behind the BJP to form the government at the Centre. No one could have done to the party which was riding on success on a controversial issue as the party was on the upsurge due to Ram Mandir movement. Many so-called secular political parties distanced themselves from the BJP and it that situation managing 27 divergent allies was a magic in itself. The only magical could have Vajpayee.

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His accessibility was also an asset to the party workers. He has the credit for creating a battery of leadership that are the faces of the BJP today. Right from Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, late Pramod Mahajan, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharati, present MP CM Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Vijay Goel, Law minister Ravi Shanker Prasad and many state leaders. It was Vajpayee who had sent present Prime Minister to Gujarat as CM who was without any legislative experience.

As a foreign minister his speech in Hindi at the United Nations made him the household name at least in the northern part of the country. When for the dual membership issue Janata Party which was in the government split the party, Vajpayee along with his RSS colleagues formed the BJP which is ruling the country with a clear majority.

His oratory was so good that people from opposite party too used to appreciate him, he was even appreciating once by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru for his Parliament speech saying him to be future PM. If Vajpayee appreciated Indira Gandhi for her role in freedom of Bangladesh, the party under his leadership blamed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her "divisive and corrupt politics that fostered Sikh militancy at the expense of national unity and integrity. The party that was left with only two parliamentary seats in the 1984 elections when Indira Gandhi was assassinated, Vajpayee remained at the centre-stage as party President.

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When the BJP became voice of Janmabhoomi Mandir Movement, which was led by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the RSS, victory in the assembly elections in Gujarat and Maharashtra in March 1995, and a good performance in the elections to Karnataka Assembly in December 1994, propelled the BJP to greater political prominence.

During the grand show of National Executive of thh BJP in Mumbai in November 1995, BJP President L K Advani declared him the Prime Ministerial face of the BJP. The BJP emerged victorious.

Influenced by Babasaheb Apte, Vajpayee joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1939 and became a "full-time worker" in 1947. He was one of the few leaders who did not nurture any particular constituency and from where the party decided for him he contested election whether his first Lok Sabha election from Balrampur to Lucknow from where he contested his last election.

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