The main outcome of the 16th session of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh was perhaps the sharpening of the Madhok-Vajpayee rift. The first indication of the controversy appeared in the working committee meeting when it failed to adopt the draft resolution on the political situation, even after eight hours of discussion, as it was sharply divided over the policy to adopted towards the Congress. Continue reading “Jana Sangh Patna Session, 1969”
Madhavrao Scindia was one of the most charming political personalities of Madhya Pradesh. The scion of Gwalior’s former royal family was suave and cultured, with a twinkle in his eyes and an easy smile. Once you knew him, it was impossible to dislike him.
He was also one of the wealthiest politicians of his times. The Scindia Empire was the biggest and the richest princely state in MP. They enjoyed the highest 21-gun salute under the British, a privilege they shared with only four other princes in the country.
The Member of Parliament from Gwalior lived in an imposing palace and flew a chopper, making his election campaigns irresistible to journalists looking for colourful copy and glamour quotient in an otherwise drab landscape.
That is how I landed in the one-horse town of Dabra, near Gwalior, early that winter morning in 1998. I was working for India Today then. My photo journalist colleague Sharad Saxena accompanied me on that trip.
We had left our hotel in Gwalior before dawn, without having even a cup of tea, as the campaign trail was supposed to move from Dabra at 7.30 in the morning. Scindia emerged from his room in Dabra’s government guest house at 8, ready to hit the road, and was apparently surprised to see us waiting.“It is too early in the campaign,” he said, “you should have come after 10-15 days.”
“We have an early deadline for the magazine,” I explained.” I requested for an interview and he promised to meet us later in the day.
I had known Madhavrao Scindia for more than two decades, covering his politics, including his journey from Jana Sangh to Congress to Madhya Pradesh Vikas Congress and then finally back to the Congress before his unfortunate death in an air crash in 2001.
-A poem written by Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday in 1993.
If politics is the art of the possible, what the BJP tried to achieve was virtually the impossible. The party’s failure to win over even one additional MP-its strength on May 28 stood at 194, the same as when its government was sworn in on May 16-demonstrated its inability to read the signals: that the new liberal mask had convinced no one. Continue reading “Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Out But Not Down”
Atal Government fell because it could not muster even one extra vote
मुझे दूर का दिखाई देता है,
मैं दीवार पर लिखा पढ़ सकता हूं,
मगर हाथ की रेखाएं नहीं पढ़ सकता।
-अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी की 1993 में अपने जन्म दिवस पर लिखी कविता।
अगर राजनीति असंभव को संभव कर दिखाने की कला है तो भाजपा ने वस्तुतः ऐसा ही करने का प्रयास किया। एक भी अतिरिक्त सांसद को अपने पक्ष में कर पाने में विफल रहने से जाहिर हो गया कि पार्टी दीवार पर लिखी इबारत नहीं पढ़ पाई। वह यह समझने में असमर्थ रही कि दूसरी पार्टियों के सांसदों का समर्थन पाने के लिए उसका नया उदारवादी चेहरा किसी को नहीं लुभा पाएगा।
ग्यारहवीं लोकसभा के गणित के मद्देनजर -जिसके अंतर्गत भाजपा और उसके सहयोगिगयों के 194, संयुक्त मोर्चे के 180 तथा कांग्रेस एवं उसके सहयोगियों के 139 सदस्य हैं।-पार्टी ने जो विकल्प चुना वह ऐसा दांव था जिसके गंभीर परिणाम हो सकते थे। फिर, भाजपा ने सरकार बनाने का राष्ट्रपति का न्यौता आखिर क्यों कबूल कर लिया? Continue reading “सरकार गिरी पर अटलजी ने सौदेबाजी नहीं की”
Atal Bihari Vajpyee: Interview after fall of his Government in 1996
बातचीत ■ अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी
‘‘हम मजबूत होकर उभरे हैं”
अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी भले ही मात्र 13 दिनों में पद छोड़ने पर बाध्य हुए हों, पर प्रधानमंत्री पद से वे ऐसे ठाठ से विदा हुए कि बहुतों के दिलों में छाप छोड़ गए। इस्तीफा देने के एक दिन बाद उन्होंने विषेष संवाददाता नरेंद्र कुमार सिंह से बातचीत में भाजपा के महत्वाकांक्षी दांव की वजहें गिनाईं। कुछ अंश:Continue reading “अपनी सरकार गिरने पर अटल जी का इंटरव्यू”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have been forced out of office in just 13 days, but the shortest-serving prime minister the country has had left with a flourish, impressing many even in defeat. In an interview with Special Correspondent N.K. Singh a day after he resigned, he explained the reasons behind the BJP’s bold gamble.Continue reading “INTERVIEW ■ ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE”