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Organisation of the Bharatiya Janata Party

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is one of the few parties in India to have a popular-based governing structure, where workers and leaders at the local level have a great say in much of the decision-making. This has also been blamed for public spats between different factions of the party.

The highest authority in the party is the President. Officially, the BJP constitution provides for a three-year term for the President. Recently, both Venkaiah Naidu and LK Advani resigned ahead of schedule due to circumstances. Rajnath Singh has held this post since January 2006. Beyond this, there are several Vice-Presidents, General-Secretaries, Treasurers and Secretaries. The National Executive consists of an undetermined number of senior party leaders from across the nation who are the highest decision-making body in the party. At the state level, a similar structure is in place, with every state unit being led by the respective President, who also officially serves a three-year term.

Organisation leadership

Parliamentary leadership

Leader of the Opposition, Lok Sabha
Chief Whip, Lok Sabha
Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha
Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Chief Whip, Rajya Sabha
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Notable public figures

The BJP has a number of prominent public figures among its members, who have either campaigned for, contested elections for or held office for the party. The induction of celebrities into the party helped the party receive extra attention from the media and the public, but it has also received criticism from others, who have claimed that the celebrities knew little about politics or would create an image of elitism for the party.

Heirs to prominent political families:

Current BJP administrations in the states

BJP-ruled states without outside support

  • Himachal Pradesh Won 41 seats out of 68 seats
  • Chattisgarh won 48 seats out of 90 seats
  • Gujarat won 117 seats out of 182 seats
  • Madhya Pradesh won 142 seats out of 230 seats
  • Karnataka won 115 seats out of 224 seats (6 Independents also supported BJP)
  • Goa won 21 seats out of 40 seats (3 MLAs of MGP also supported BJP)

Partner in a coalition with a National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

Junior partner in a coalition with a non-NDA partner

  • Nagaland: part of Democratic Alliance of Nagaland

Historically, the BJP has either led or allied to form state governments in: Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It has also held power in the Union Territory of Delhi, one of two Union Territories to have a Legislature.

The BJP has never taken part in a state government in: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal, although in a few of these states, it has extended outside support to a ruling government. In most of these states, it has at least won some local elections.

External links

  • Official site of Bharatiya Janata Party


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