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Canada Goose Jackets Atal Bihari Vajpayee was often described as the “mukhauta”, the agreeable and affable mask presented by the Bhartiya Janata Party to the outside world. Canada Goose Jackets
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So great was their influence that ‘Atal Advani’ became a collective sobriquet often used by politicians and experts to describe the BJP leadership of 1990s and early 2000s.
With Vajpayee passing away, Advani, 90, remains alone among the stalwarts of that generation of BJP leaders who have now been replaced by the new leadership headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose popularity perhaps exceeds that of the mentors.
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In a fond tribute, Advani remembered his memories of long association with Vajpayee through their days as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharaks, Jana Sangh leaders, struggle during the Emergency and then as canada goose outlet 2015 colleagues in the BJP.
“To me Atal ji was more than a senior colleague in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years,” said Advani, who, more than Vajpayee, was instrumental in fashioning the party’s rise by bringing to canada goose outlet in montreal front the agenda of building Ram temple in Ayodhya and mobilising the masses across large parts of the country with his ‘rath yatra’ in 1990.
Never a proponent of aggressive Hindutva and wary of ‘kamandal’ politics, as critics called the BJP’s pro temple politics, Vajpayee was not the go to leader for the RSS, the ideological parent of BJP, for pushing its core agenda.
Vajpayee had to make way for Advani in 1986 as the party’s president.
With 1989 elections approaching, the BJP under Advani adopted a resolution in its national executive in favour of building a Ram temple.
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But in canada goose outlet in new york what many believe to be an act of seminal political significance, he declared in a 1995 meeting in Mumbai that his senior colleague will be entrusted with the responsibility of prime ministership if the party comes to power.
Party veterans say that in the era of coalition politics, Vajpayee seen as a peacemaker and moderate face of his party was considered the right man by Advani to win over new allies as the BJP had become a pariah for regional parties following the demolition of Babri mosque in 1992.
buy canada goose jacket cheap “The organisation was completely under the sway of Advani but it was Vajpayee’s wider acceptability among likely allies and the masses which appealed to the allies because he maintained a distance from hardline Hindutva,” said a former BJP ally, also speaking on condition of anonymity. buy canada goose jacket cheap
If Advani’s ideological canada goose outlet leadership galvanised the party’s cadres and core support, Vajpayee’s soaring oratory, common touch, easy charm and convivial manners won over the canada goose shop uk masses and brought new allies on board.
Opposition leader Sharad Yadav, a key BJP ally for close to 15 years until 2013 and a minister in the Vajpayee’s Cabinet, describes Vajpayee as the face of the saffron party and Advani as its builder.
“Both Vajpayee and Advani worked with national interest in mind but they were obviously different personalities”, he said.
uk canada goose outlet After BJP’s rout in the 2004 elections, Vajpayee gradually faded from public life. Advani remained active and was his party’s prime ministerial candidate in 2009 elections but the party fared poorly, prompting the RSS to look for a younger generation of leadership. uk canada goose outlet
In a sign of things to come, Advani who had masterminded the BJP’s best ever showing in general elections, was overshadowed in 2014 when the Modi wave gave the party its first majority government.
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