The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been a part of national politics since the time of its inception in 1980. Earlier known as Jan Sangh, the party is one of the two prominent parties in the mainstream politics of the country. BJP has always been a unit composed of national-level leaders. The BJP top-brass has always had some of the most eloquent leaders who’ve substance in everything they say. Here is a list of top 10 notable politicians of Bharatiya Janata Party.
10. Sushma Swaraj:
Born on February 14, 1953 in Haryana, Sushma Swaraj is currently the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha. She is considered to be one of the most popular leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the country. Renowned for her immaculate political speeches in the Parliament, Sushma Swaraj served as a cabinet minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. She also presided over as the Chief Minister of Delhi. She was only 25 when she rode into the Parliament.
9. Venkaiah Naidu:
Former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Venkaiah Naidu was born on July 1, 1949 in Andhra Pradesh. An active member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Venkaiah Naidu is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha from the state of Karnataka. He is one of the senior-most leaders in the party and commands great respect from party workers and other senior leaders alike.
8. Rajnath Singh:
A popular Indian right-wing politician, Rajnath Singh is currently the president of Bharatiya Janata Party. Born on July 10, 1951 in Uttar Pradesh, he has been a former chief minister of the state. He also headed the youth wing of the party in the past. He was a cabinet minister in the previous NDA government. Similar to all other prominent leaders in the party, he is also regarded as an articulate speaker who keeps his views firmly on matters of national importance.
7. Murli Manohar Joshi:
One of the most senior members in the BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi is seasoned politician hailing from Uttarakhand. Born on January 5, 1934, Joshi also presided over as a Union Human Resource Minister during the NDA regime. He took many important steps during his tenure as HRD Minister to improve the quality of higher education in India. A distinguished scholar himself, Joshi has a PhD to his credit and served as a professor at Allahabad University in the past.
6. Pramod Mahajan:
Considered to be the most influential second generation politician, Pramod Mahajan was born on October 30, 1949 and died on May 3, 2006. Hailing from Maharashtra, he was categorized as a tech-savvy politician. He was a Cabinet Minister of Telecommunications in the NDA rule and enjoyed a courteous relationship with all the leading industrialists of the country during his tenure. Had he been alive, he could have been one of the most popular leaders in national politics today.
5. Yashwant Sinha:
Born on November 6, 1937 in Bihar, Yashwant Sinha has served the nation both as finance as well as foreign minister under different regimes in the past. Sinha possesses a Master’s Degree in Political Science and taught the same subject at the University of Patna till 1960. That same year he joined the Indian Administrative Service and served the country in different capacities for about 24 years. He is admired as one of the shrewdest strategists within the party think-tank.
4. L.K. Advani:
Born in Sindh (presently in Pakistan) on November 8, 1927, L.K. Advani is the man responsible for leading the party to new heights from the times of Jan Sangh to BJP as we know it today. He is considered to be “the grand old man” of BJP who, along with other stalwarts of the party, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, gave a new direction to party workers for many years. He joined RSS as a youngster and served the party in many capacities. He was entrusted with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Vajpayee led NDA rule. He was also the Deputy Prime Minister during the same period.
3. Narendra Modi:
Born to middle class parents in Gujarat on September 17, 1950, Narendra Modi is one of the firebrand leaders of the party. He is the current Chief Minister of Gujarat and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science. He got enrolled as a member of RSS at a very young age and went on to rise within the ranks of BJP over the years. Modi commands immense respect from the youth of the country. Today, he is regarded as strongest contender from BJP for the post of Prime Minister in the forthcoming general elections.
2. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee:
Founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh in 1951 – the parent organization of BJP – Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a prominent politician in Indian politics during the Nehruvian era. He served as a minister in the Nehru-led Congress government but, due to ideological differences, parted ways from the party to lay the foundations of BJP. He was born on July 6, 1901 in West Bengal. It was due to his painstaking efforts that saw the birth and rise of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party.
1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
Born on December 25, 1924 in Madhya Pradesh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the most lovable and laudable political leader ever produced by BJP in its history. Vajpayee, a former prime minister, holds immense respect in the hearts of millions of Indian even today when he has stopped playing an active role in politics. Even those in the opposition have deep respect for him. He was one of the founding members of Jan Sangh and a Parliamentarian for over four decades. A poet at heart, Vajpayee remains a bachelor till date.