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SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE Ji | Bharatiya Janata Party

SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE Ji

Shri Vajpayee was Prime Minister of India from May 16-31, 1996, and then again from March 19, 1998 to May 13, 2004. With his swearing-in as Prime Minister after the parliamentary election of October 1999, he became the first and only person since Jawaharlal Nehru to occupy the office of the Prime Minister of India through three successive Lok Sabhas. Shri Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister since Smt. Indira Gandhi to lead his party to victory in successive elections.

Born on December 25, 1924 at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to Shri Krishna Bihari Vajpayee and Smt. Krishna Devi, Shri Vajpayee brings with him a long parliamentary experience spanning over four decades. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1957. He was elected to the 5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha and again to the 10th, 11th 12th and 13th Lok Sabha and to Rajya Sabha in 1962 and 1986. He has again been elected to Parliament from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh for the fifth time consecutively. He is the only parliamentarian elected from four different States at different times namely - UP, Gujarat, MP and Delhi. His legacy as Prime Minister is a rich one that is remembered and cherished even a decade after his term ended. It included the Pokhran nuclear tests, astute and wise economic policies that laid the foundations of the longest period of sustained growth in independent Indian history, massive infrastructure projects such as those related to development of national highways and the Golden Quadrilateral. Few Indian Prime Ministers have left such a dramatic impact on society.

REFLECTIONS : SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE

  • The Purpose of my life: To play my part sincerely in every aspect of my life. And to see India take its place as a great nation.
  • My happiest moment : Yet to come... uptill now, the occassion when I delivered a speech in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly.
  • My saddest moment : When I lost my father.
  • My closest friends : L.K. Advani, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, N.M. Ghatate, Jaswant Singh, Dr Mukund Modi.
  • My favourite clothes : 'Dhoti Kurta'... occasionally a 'Pathani' Suit.
  • My favourite colour : Blue.
  • My favourite places : Manali, Almora and Mount Abu.
  • My favourite food : Fish and Chinese Cuisine. 'Khichdi', 'Kheer' and 'Malpua' .
  • My favourite eating joints in Delhi : 'Paranthewali Gali', 'Sagar' and 'Chungwa'.
  • My favourite singers and instrumentalists : Bhimsen Joshi(Vocalist), Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod Maestro) and Hari Prasad Chaurasia (Flautist).
  • My favourite songs : "Ore Maanjhi" rendered by S.D. Burman...and "Kabhi Kabhi mere Dil Mein" by Mukesh\Lata Mangeshkar.
  • My favourite singers : Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi.
  • My favourite films (Hindi) : 'Devdas', 'Bandini' & 'Teesri Kasam'.
  • My favourite film (English) : 'Bridge Over River Kwai', 'Born Free' and 'Gandhi'.
  • My favourite poets : Surykanth Tripathi Nirala, Bal Krishna Sharma Naveen, Jagannath Prasad Milind in Hindi and Faiz Ahmad Faiz in Urdu.
  • My favourite sports : Hockey and Football.

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