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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently the largest and most popular political party in India, after the Indian National Congress. It has been the ruling political party of Asia's third largest economy since 2014. The right-wing party shares ideological and organizational links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The party's origin lies in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, formed in 1951 by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.In 1977, after the State of Emergency, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. The merged entity defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 general election. After the 1998 general election, the BJP-led coalition known as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under the leadership of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee formed a government that lasted for a year. After fresh elections, the NDA government, again headed by Vajpayee, lasted for a full term in office. However, in the 2004 general election, the NDA was defeated and remained the principal opposition party for the next 10 years. In 2014, PM Narendra Modi led the party to a landslide victory. In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, NDA scored an even bigger victory by securing 353 seats out of 543. In 2014 the PM Modi-led coalition secured 282 seats. More

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  • Bharat Jodo Yatra in Madhya Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi rides bicycle as march heads for Ujjain Nov 28, 2022 02:12 PM IST

    Bharat Jodo Yatra in Madhya Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi rides bicycle as march heads for Ujjain

    The march started in the morning from Indore's Bada Ganpati square. A cyclist joined the yatra and Gandhi was seen riding his bicycle briefly

  • Ex-BJP minister Jaynarayan Vyas joins Congress ahead of Gujarat polls Nov 28, 2022 01:02 PM IST

    Ex-BJP minister Jaynarayan Vyas joins Congress ahead of Gujarat polls

    Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge inducted 75-year-old Vyas into the party in Ahmedabad.

  • Gujarat Elections | Why BJP has trained its sights on a less feisty Congress? Nov 28, 2022 12:57 PM IST

    Gujarat Elections | Why BJP has trained its sights on a less feisty Congress?

    Can the Congress upset the BJP’s prospects in many constituencies?

  • Gujarat Elections 2022: PM Narendra Modi holds massive roadshow in Surat Nov 28, 2022 12:46 PM IST

    Gujarat Elections 2022: PM Narendra Modi holds massive roadshow in Surat

    Thousands of people gathered on both sides of the road along the 27-km route of the roadshow from the Surat airport to Varaccha, the city’s principal hub for diamond cutting and polishing.

  • BJP mopped up 94% of donations from Gujarat during 2017-21: ADR report Nov 28, 2022 09:30 AM IST

    BJP mopped up 94% of donations from Gujarat during 2017-21: ADR report

    BJP garnered 94% of the total contribution that came from Gujarat. Out of Rs 174.06 crore, the party got 163.54 crore from 1,519 donors, said the report.

  • Like antibodies keep check on bad cells, State's responsibility to check anti-national forces: BJP chief JP Nadda Nov 27, 2022 03:49 PM IST

    Like antibodies keep check on bad cells, State's responsibility to check anti-national forces: BJP chief JP Nadda

    Releasing the BJP manifesto for the polls, Nadda on Saturday had announced setting up the cell to identify and eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of terrorist organisations and anti-India forces. In an interview with PTI, he said it is the State’s responsibility to keep a check on forces working against the country and society.

  • MCD polls: AAP govt working against interests of common man in Delhi, says BJP chief Nadda Nov 27, 2022 03:29 PM IST

    MCD polls: AAP govt working against interests of common man in Delhi, says BJP chief Nadda

    Nadda went door to door in Delhi's Wazirpur, seeking votes for his party's candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. He interacted with the locals and handed out copies of the party's 'Sankalp Patra' (manifesto).

  • Gujarat polls: Only 139 women candidates in fray out of total 1,621 contestants, 38 of them from three major parties Nov 27, 2022 08:58 AM IST

    Gujarat polls: Only 139 women candidates in fray out of total 1,621 contestants, 38 of them from three major parties

    The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress have continued their tradition of offering tickets to only a handful of women, but still the number of such candidates fielded by them this time is more as compared to what it was in the 2017 election.

  • Gujarat polls: PM Modi, Arvind Kejriwal to address rallies in Surat Nov 27, 2022 08:29 AM IST

    Gujarat polls: PM Modi, Arvind Kejriwal to address rallies in Surat

    Voting will be held in Surat in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections on December 1.

  • Gujarat Assembly polls: BJP manifesto promises Uniform Civil Code, anti-radicalisation cell, meals at Rs 5, temple circuits Nov 26, 2022 09:03 PM IST

    Gujarat Assembly polls: BJP manifesto promises Uniform Civil Code, anti-radicalisation cell, meals at Rs 5, temple circuits

    It also promised to conduct surveys of madrassas (Islamic seminaries) and scrutinize the assets of the Waqf Board.

  • Arvind Kejriwal suffering from 'political cataract', giving himself certificate of honesty despite scams: BJP Nov 26, 2022 05:36 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal suffering from 'political cataract', giving himself certificate of honesty despite scams: BJP

    The entire country now knows that Kejriwal is a "kattar beiman" (hardcore dishonest), BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia told a press conference here.

  • Arvind Kejriwal suffering from 'political cataract', giving himself certificates despite scams: BJP Nov 26, 2022 03:38 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal suffering from 'political cataract', giving himself certificates despite scams: BJP

    The entire country now knows that Kejriwal is a ”kattar beiman” (hardcore dishonest), BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia told a press conference here.

  • Gujarat polls: BJP manifesto promises implementation of Uniform Civil Code in state Nov 26, 2022 12:55 PM IST

    Gujarat polls: BJP manifesto promises implementation of Uniform Civil Code in state

    In the manifesto, which was released here by BJP president J P Nadda, the party also promised free education to girls from KG to PG (kindergarten to post-graduation).

  • Delhi: BJP releases manifesto for MCD polls to 250 wards Nov 25, 2022 04:11 PM IST

    Delhi: BJP releases manifesto for MCD polls to 250 wards

    The party in its manifesto has promised 12 commitments and sought support from people for another term in the unified civic-body.

  • Gujarat elections 2022| BJP ropes in out-of-state legislators to woo non-native electorate Nov 25, 2022 01:51 PM IST

    Gujarat elections 2022| BJP ropes in out-of-state legislators to woo non-native electorate

    The non-Gujarat MLAs have been tasked with holding meetings with people from their states who are now settled in various districts of South and Central Gujarat.

  • BJP 'hatching a conspiracy to assassinate' Arvind Kejriwal, alleges Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia; demands probe Nov 25, 2022 11:01 AM IST

    BJP 'hatching a conspiracy to assassinate' Arvind Kejriwal, alleges Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia; demands probe

    Addressing a press conference here, Manish Sisodia also alleged that the kind of language used by BJP leader Manoj Tiwari on Thursday against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is an "open threat".

  • 211 'crorepatis' in fray for first phase of Gujarat polls; at 79, BJP has highest number of such candidates Nov 24, 2022 08:13 PM IST

    211 'crorepatis' in fray for first phase of Gujarat polls; at 79, BJP has highest number of such candidates

    The BJP, which is contesting all 89 seats, have 79 candidates or 89 per cent of its nominees with assets above Rs one crore.

  • BJP government transformed education sector in Gujarat, says PM Modi Nov 24, 2022 06:05 PM IST

    BJP government transformed education sector in Gujarat, says PM Modi

    Addressing a rally in Dehgam town of Gandhinagar district, his third of the day, ahead of the next month’s Assembly polls, the PM pointed out that Gujarat’s education budget has now gone up to Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of several states.

  • BJP should clarify its stand on Shivaji Maharaj: Jairam Ramesh Nov 24, 2022 05:36 PM IST

    BJP should clarify its stand on Shivaji Maharaj: Jairam Ramesh

    Speaking during the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district, Ramesh also said Rahul Gandhi’s controversial statements about Savarkar were a closed chapter, but claimed that the Hindutva ideologue had ”tried to break the country.”

  • BJP committed to bring UCC but only after following all democratic process: Amit Shah Nov 24, 2022 05:14 PM IST

    BJP committed to bring UCC but only after following all democratic process: Amit Shah

    Addressing an event here, he also exuded confidence in BJP’s victory in the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly elections as also in the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) polls.

  • Congress terms as 'corruption' Left government decision to hike sales taxes on liquor Nov 24, 2022 04:32 PM IST

    Congress terms as 'corruption' Left government decision to hike sales taxes on liquor

    The criticism comes a day after the state cabinet approved a four percent increase in the general sales tax on IMFL.

  • BJP goes strong, Congress recedes, AAP makes impression in minds of students Nov 24, 2022 04:04 PM IST

    BJP goes strong, Congress recedes, AAP makes impression in minds of students

    The BJP, many students say, has brought 'vikas' by building roads, and improving power and water supply but some of them also question its record on education and health.

  • BJP committed to bring UCC once democratic discussions are over: Amit Shah Nov 24, 2022 01:15 PM IST

    BJP committed to bring UCC once democratic discussions are over: Amit Shah

    When asked about the UCC, Amit Shah said it is the BJP's promise to the people of this country from the Jan Sangh days.

  • Gujarat elections 2022 | 19 BJP rebels in the race, suspended for 6 years Nov 23, 2022 03:41 PM IST

    Gujarat elections 2022 | 19 BJP rebels in the race, suspended for 6 years

    Despite home minister Amit Shah’s directions to Gujarat leaders to have a dialogue with the disgruntled colleagues, 19 rebels filed papers to contest the assembly elections as independents

  • MCD polls: Congress accuses AAP of corruption in ‘electricity model’ Nov 22, 2022 07:37 PM IST

    MCD polls: Congress accuses AAP of corruption in ‘electricity model’

    In an unaudited manner, AAP has given a total of Rs 14,731 crore to the private discoms since it came to power in 2015, Ajay Maken alleged.