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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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  • India's security, territorial integrity non-negotiable, PM Modi must defend nation: Rahul Gandhi May 20, 2022 12:44 PM IST

    India's security, territorial integrity non-negotiable, PM Modi must defend nation: Rahul Gandhi

    China is constructing the second bridge in an area held by it around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh and it could help the Chinese military to quickly mobilise its troops in the region, according to satellite imagery and people familiar with the development.

  • Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': BJP President J P Nadda May 19, 2022 02:44 PM IST

    Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': BJP President J P Nadda

    Addressing a seminar on "Threat of Dynastic Parties to Democratic Governance", J P Nadda said dynastic parties, where a person’s interest reigns supreme, lack ideology and are a threat to democracy.

  • BJP misusing central agencies, law will take own course: Mamata amid SSC row May 19, 2022 01:25 PM IST

    BJP misusing central agencies, law will take own course: Mamata amid SSC row

    West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre, alleging misuse of federal agencies for settling political scores.

  • BJP govt destroyed economy: Rahul Gandhi May 16, 2022 02:15 PM IST

    BJP govt destroyed economy: Rahul Gandhi

    At a rally in Rajasthan's Banswara district, he also charged that the BJP and Prime Minister Modi want to create two Hindustans, with one for the rich and select two-three industrialists and the other of Dalits, farmers, the poor and underprivileged.

  • CM Arvind Kejriwal targets BJP over anti-encroachment drive May 16, 2022 12:54 PM IST

    CM Arvind Kejriwal targets BJP over anti-encroachment drive

    At a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on the matter, Kejriwal told them that they should be ready to go to jail for opposing the anti-encroachment drive being carried out by the BJP-led municipal corporations in various parts of Delhi.

  • Five Union Ministers to campaign for BJP candidate in Brajrajnagar Assembly bypoll May 16, 2022 11:39 AM IST

    Five Union Ministers to campaign for BJP candidate in Brajrajnagar Assembly bypoll

    Bhubaneswar, May 16 The opposition BJP has released a list of 40 star campaigners including five Union Ministers who will campaign for the party can..

  • Two-day Gujarat BJP brainstorming session begins; Amit Shah, CM Bhupendra Patel in attendance May 16, 2022 07:21 AM IST

    Two-day Gujarat BJP brainstorming session begins; Amit Shah, CM Bhupendra Patel in attendance

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior national and state-level leaders, including Gujarat in charge and Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, joint in charge Sudhir Gupta, state party chief CR Paatil and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel remained present at the meeting.

  • BJP chief J P Nadda to interact with 14 heads of missions today May 16, 2022 06:54 AM IST

    BJP chief J P Nadda to interact with 14 heads of missions today

    Nadda had launched the exercise on the party's foundation day on April 6 specifically to address the overseas audience and had then interacted with heads of missions of 13 countries.

  • Not enough that I should rest now : PM Modi hints at another term May 13, 2022 10:07 AM IST

    Not enough that I should rest now : PM Modi hints at another term

    Recalling an opposition leader's observation that becoming PM twice was enough accomplishment. PM Modi said that, “he does not know that this Modi is made of something else.”

  • Congress will be 'central pillar' of anti-BJP formation for 2024 polls: Sachin Pilot May 12, 2022 02:14 PM IST

    Congress will be 'central pillar' of anti-BJP formation for 2024 polls: Sachin Pilot

    In an interview with PTI ahead of the party’s ‘Chintan Shivir’ starting here on Friday, Pilot asserted that formulating a successful electoral strategy would be a top agenda point at the three-day brainstorming session.

  • Mohali court issues fresh arrest warrant against BJP leader Tajinder Bagga May 07, 2022 05:46 PM IST

    Mohali court issues fresh arrest warrant against BJP leader Tajinder Bagga

    The reports comes a day after Bagga, who was arrested by Punjab Police, was brought back to Delhi.

  • No vendetta, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga arrested for stoking communal tension, inciting violence in Punjab, claims AAP May 06, 2022 05:23 PM IST

    No vendetta, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga arrested for stoking communal tension, inciting violence in Punjab, claims AAP

    Though AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj referred to the clashes in Patiala on April 29, the Punjab Police said it arrested the Delhi BJP spokesperson from his residence in the national capital in connection with a case registered in Mohali on April 1.

  • Political twist to azaan row should not distract from governance issues May 06, 2022 04:01 PM IST

    Political twist to azaan row should not distract from governance issues

    Noise pollution should be dealt with just like other breaches of rules — like a traffic light or speed violation. However, neglect and inaction by the authorities has allowed the issue to be weaponised by the likes of Raj Thackeray

  • Rahul Gandhi doing politics over COVID-19 deaths: BJP May 06, 2022 12:55 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi doing politics over COVID-19 deaths: BJP

    At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the World Health Organisation's (WHO) methodology to calculate estimated deaths in India due to the virus is "flawed" and the Indian government had conveyed its objections to the organisation.

  • Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee cross swords over CAA May 05, 2022 10:20 PM IST

    Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee cross swords over CAA

    Amit Shah, who steered the passage of Citizenship Amendment Act in the parliament in 2019 which promises citizenship to minorities who have come from neighbouring countries between March 24, 1971, and December 31, 2014, claimed Mamata Banerjee is against giving refugees citizenship and in favour of infiltration.

  • BJP to hold meeting of key organisational leaders in Jaipur on May 20-21 May 04, 2022 11:39 AM IST

    BJP to hold meeting of key organisational leaders in Jaipur on May 20-21

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address one of the sessions virtually, they added.

  • Watch: Rahul Gandhi spotted at nightclub in Nepal, BJP targets him with video May 03, 2022 12:13 PM IST

    Watch: Rahul Gandhi spotted at nightclub in Nepal, BJP targets him with video

    A video of Rahul Gandhi at a loud nightclub in Nepal's Kathmandu with a friend started is being circulated on social media.

  • RSS doesn’t have a patent over shakhas, nationalism, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh May 02, 2022 03:44 PM IST

    RSS doesn’t have a patent over shakhas, nationalism, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh

    AAP is floating 'Tiranga Shakhas' (literally Tricolour Branches) in Uttar Pradesh on the lines of the RSS shakhas to counter what it calls the BJP’s “politics of hatred.” In an interview, AAP’s Sanjay Singh explained the decision

  • 276 candidates switched parties to contest 2022 assembly polls; 27% left BSP, 13% Congress: ADR report Apr 27, 2022 07:02 AM IST

    276 candidates switched parties to contest 2022 assembly polls; 27% left BSP, 13% Congress: ADR report

    The National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 276 candidates and 85 MLAs, who changed parties during 2017 to 2022 and contested the polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur this year.

  • Former Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar among 4 held for attack on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya's car Apr 25, 2022 08:03 PM IST

    Former Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar among 4 held for attack on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya's car

    According to the Khar police station official, besides Vishwanath Mahadeshwar those arrested included former Shiv Sena corporator Haji Haleem Khan and party activist Dinesh Kunal.

  • First Colour TV sets in India: A Nazi-linked exporter, Korean stars & loudspeaker Apr 25, 2022 03:14 PM IST

    First Colour TV sets in India: A Nazi-linked exporter, Korean stars & loudspeaker

    On this day four decades ago, colour television transmission was launched in India. Here is a look at the overnight decision, the backdrop against which it was made, and the companies that shipped the first television sets to Indian companies.

  • BJP seeks action against AAP's Atishi over Kerala 'officials' visiting Delhi school claim Apr 25, 2022 06:58 AM IST

    BJP seeks action against AAP's Atishi over Kerala 'officials' visiting Delhi school claim

    It comes after Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty said in a tweet that no “officials” from the state visited Delhi as claimed by Atishi on Saturday.

  • Amit Shah, BJP want to disrupt peace: AAP MLA questions NDMC's anti-encroachment drive timing Apr 20, 2022 09:14 AM IST

    Amit Shah, BJP want to disrupt peace: AAP MLA questions NDMC's anti-encroachment drive timing

    In a video message on Twitter, the Okhla MLA said demolition of the houses of a particular community just to harass them in the holy month of Ramadan on the pretext of an anti-encroachment drive will further spoil the atmosphere in the area.

  • BJP's Suvendu Adhikari demands President's rule in West Bengal Apr 17, 2022 10:22 PM IST

    BJP's Suvendu Adhikari demands President's rule in West Bengal

    TMC members are suspects in all the cases and the state police are mute spectators. We think Article 356 should be imposed in the state immediately," Adhikari said.

  • Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa booked for 'abetment of suicide' over death of civil contractor Apr 13, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa booked for 'abetment of suicide' over death of civil contractor

    Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that Eshwarappa and other accused should be immediately arrested and a case must be filed under corruption act.

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