National History

TIMELINE

LIST OF BHARATIYA JANA SANGH PRESIDENTS

Year Name
1951 - 1952 Dr. S.P. Mookerjee
1954 Pt. Mauli Chandra Sharma
1955 Pt. Prem Nath Dongra
1956 - 1958 Acharya D.P. Ghosh
1960 Shri Pitamber Das
1961 Shri A. Rama Rao
1962 - 1963 Acharya D.P. Ghosh
1965 Shri Bachhraj Vyas
1966 Shri Balraj Madhok
1967 Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya
1969 - 1971 Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
1973 Shri Lal Krishna Advani

LIST OF BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY PRESIDENTS

Shri Atal B. Vajpayee

1980 to 1986
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (born 25 December 1924) is an Indian statesman who was the eleventh Prime Minister of India, first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004. A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he is the first Prime Minister from outside the Indian National Congress party to serve a full five-year term. A parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's Parliament) nine times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha (upper house). He also served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until 2009, when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. Vajpayee was one amongst the founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which he had also headed. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai. When Janata government collapsed, Vajpayee restarted the Jana Sangh as the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.)

Shri Lal Krishna Advani

1986 to 1990
Lal Krishna Advani (born 8 November 1927) is an Indian politician who is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). When the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was in power from 1998 to 2004 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani served as Minister of Home Affairs; he additionally served as Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th Lok Sabha and 14th Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament). Advani began his political career as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation.In 2015 The Government of India awarded The Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian award in Republic of India in Public Affair category.

DR. M M JOSHI

1991 to 1993
Dr. Joshi was born on January 5, 1934. Dr. Joshi had his early education at Hindu High School, Chandpur and completed his higher education from Meerut College and Allahabad University where he was inspired by some of his teachers who used to encourage students for supporting freedom movement. Tilak's Gita Rahasya had a tremendous influence on him. Great RSS leaders like Guruji Golwalker, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Prof. Rajendra Singh played a major role in shaping the young Murli Manohar's political thinking. Specialising in Spectroscopy, he was awarded Ph.D by the Allahabad University. Writings of Vivekananda and Aurobindo had a strong influence on his ideology. Even during his over four decades of political career, Dr. Joshi pursued his academic life at Allahabad University. He inspired and guided scores of students to take up science research before he retired as Professor and Head of the Physics Department. Dr. Joshi had charge of three ministries as India's Minister for Human Resources Development, Science & Technology and Ocean Development. This was his second stint as a Cabinet Minister. Earlier in the first Atal Behari Vajpayee Government in 1996, he was the Union Home Minister.

Shri Kushabhau Thakre

1998 TO 2000
Shri. Kushabhau Thakre was born on August 15, 1922 in Dhar (Madhya Pradesh). He was educated at Dhar and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. His father was Late Dr. Sundar Rao Shripati Rao Thakre and his mother was late Smt. Shantabhai Sundar Rao Thakre. RSS & Jana Sangh Shri. Kushabhau Thakre was associated with the RSS since 1942. He became Pracharak in 1942 at Neemunch (M.P.) and then moved to the Ratlam Division(Ratlam, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Jhabua, Chittaur, Kota, Bundi, Jhalawad, Banswada(Raj.), Dahod (Gujarat)).

Shri Bangaru Laxman

2000 to 2001
Soft-spoken and a man of many parts, who has been evincing keen interest in social, educational and literary activities since his scholastic days, Shri Bangaru Laxman was born on March 17, 1939 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to Shri Bangaru Narasimha and Smt. Shivamma. Attracted by the nationalist movement, launched during the second freedom struggle which liberated Hyderabad, Shri Laxman joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1951, even before entering his teens. He did his matriculation from the Government High School, Nampalli and graduated from the Evening College. He obtained his LL.B degree as a student of the Law College, Osmania University. He had a stint in the Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board in 1958 before switching over to the Indian Railways in 1962. Three years later, he left the Railways to join the Accountant General's office in Andhra Pradesh. He was not destined to continue in government service for long. He resigned from even that post in 1969 when he opted to be a full time political worker. An ardent trade unionist, he took active part in the trade union movement and was elected the President of the Employees' Associations of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Nuclear Fuel Complex, Food Corporation of India, Singareni Collieries, Meters Factory and the Midhani.

Shri K. J. Krishnamurthy

2001 to 2002
K. Jana Krishnamurthi, born on 24 May, 1928, in Madurai City (Tamilnadu). He was born in a lawyer's family in that he is the fourth generation lawyer. He studied in Madurai and graduated taking Economics as main, History as subsidiary and politics as special subject. He is a product of Law College, Chennai and successfully practiced law in Madurai for 12 years. He joined RSS in 1940 end when it was started in Madurai and completed his three year training by 1945. He functioned like a Pracharak of Madurai City till 1951, when he lost his father. He was very active in RSS and rose to be the Pranth Baudhik Pramukh of Tamilnadu. Joined Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1965 at the desire of the then Chief of RSS Guruji Golwalkar as State Secretary of the Party. In 1968 gave up his lucrative law practice and became a full timer in BJS at the call of Shri Vajpayeeji in the aftermath of the murder of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya. Thereafter he was BJS General Secretary (organisation) of Tamilnadu.

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu

2002 to 2004
Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on 1st July, 1949 in Chavatapalem, a remote village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. His parents, Late Shri Rangaiah Naidu and Smt. Ramanamma were agriculturists. After graduating from V.R College, Nellore, he obtained the law degree from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. Shri Naidu was married to Smt. Usha on 14th April, 1971 and is blessed with a daughter and a son. Shri Venkaiah Naidu, right from his college days, was deeply interested in the welfare of the common man, particularly the farmers and the down trodden sections of the society. This has led to his active involvement in the political and social activities at a relatively younger age. He was inspired by the selfless sacrifice and the principled politics of the leaders who had fought during the freedom struggle and also those who had valiantly opposed the emergency.

Shri Rajnath Singh

2005 to 2009
He was a brilliant student and an active RSS worker since his student life. He became the RSS karyavah (General Secretary) of Mirzapur city in 1972. Also remained organisational secretary of ABVP Gorakhpur division from 1969 to 1971. He entered politics in 1974 and soon became Secretary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Mirzaur. In 1975, he became District President of Jana Sangh and District Coordinator of JP Movement. In 1977, he was elected as an MLA in UP Assembly. In 1983, he became a State Secretary of UP BJP and 1984 he became a State President of BJP's Youth Wing (BJYM). In 1986, he became National General Secretary of BJYM and subsequently National President of BJYM in 1988. He was elected MLC for UP Legislative Council in 1988 and became Education Minister in 1991. During his tenure as Education Minister in UP he established some landmarks by introducing the Anti-Copying Act and Vedic Mathematics in the syllabus and correction of various portions of history textbooks. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1994 and also the Chief Whip of the the BJP in Rajya Sabha.

Shri Nitin Gadkari

2010 to 2013
Mr. Gadkari began as a grass root level worker and has successfully led from the front, several agitations and other programmes of the BJP . He has worked in different capacities and has held varied positions within the party, before taking up the post of Maharashtra BJP President in 2004. As a true party soldier, he has all along accepted whatever responsibility the party wanted him to shoulder and has carried it out to the best of his abilities. After taking over as Maharashtra BJP President in November 2004, Mr. Gadkari visited almost every tehsil and knows countless party workers by name. Due to his dynamism, development-oriented approach and openness, the BJP has been able to bring various new sections of society in its fold.

Shri Amit Shah

2014 to President
A man known for proven organisational abilities and strategic planning, Amit Shah is a politician of the hinterland with a distinguished political record and commitment for the ideals he stands for. Born on October 22, 1964, politics was not in Shri Amit Shah's blood. Instead, it was the desire to serve the society that was passed on to Shri Amit Shah by his philanthropist family. At a tender age of 14, Shri Amit Shah joined the Rashtriya Syawamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a "Tarun Syawamsevak". That was the turning point of his life.