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Vajpayee Was The Right Man In The Wrong Party | By D. Raja

Atal Behari Vajpayee, a founder of the BJP, was a rightist by ideology, but at the same time, as a parliamentarian, minister and prime minister, he never stopped interacting with others, writes D. Raja.

Vajpayee Was The Right Man In The Wrong Party | By D. Raja
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Vajpayee Was The Right Man In The Wrong Party | By D. Raja
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2018-08-18T11:52:05+05:30

Atal Behari Vajpayee, a founder of the BJP, was a rightist by ideology, but at the same time, as a parliamentarian, minister and prime minister, he never stopped interacting with others. Whether he agreed with or not, he listened to all—that is why he was the right man in the wrong party.

Read Also: Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Poet, Politician, And Orator

When it was being debated whether India should send troops to Iraq, Vaj­payee wanted to consult Left parties. Harkishen Singh Surjeet, then CPI(M) general secretary, and A.B. Bardhan, former CPI general secretary, went to meet Vajpayee. Both felt India should not succumb to US pressure and Vaj­payee said “alright”. The next day, a resolution was passed in Parliament. From Comrade Bardhan we learned that during their meeting, Vajpayee told them, “Zor se boliye, comrade! Idhar se...

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