Bharatiya Janata Party

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bharatiya Janata Party is a major political party in India. The BJP is aligned with right-wing politics, and its policies adhere to Hindutva, a Hindu nationalist ideology. It has close ideological and organisational links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). As of March 2023, it is the country's biggest political party in terms of representation in the Parliament of India as well as state legislatures.

Bharatiya Janata Party Symbol


The party's origins lie in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which was founded in 1951 by Indian politician Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. After The Emergency of 1975–1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other political parties to form the Janata Party; it defeated the then-incumbent Indian National Congress in the 1977 general election. After three years in power, the Janata Party dissolved in 1980, with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the modern-day BJP.

The party was jointly founded by former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee & former Deputy Prime Minister of India Lal Krishna Advani on 6 April 1980.

Prominent Leaders[edit]

These are the prominent leaders of the BJP.