Birthday Special: Narendra Modi could not have been the Prime Minister without Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Bengali Hunt Desk: Today is the birth anniversary of the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a leader of the country who was not only praised by his supporters. His opponents were also full of praise for him. He also had a lot of support behind the appointment of Narendra Modi as the current Prime Minister of our country.

Very few people know that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at one point in his life, left his political and worldly life behind and went into hiding. It is rumored that Modiji was studying in the US at the time, and the then Prime Minister was on a visit to the US. When Atalji found out that Narendra Modi was in the US in hiding, he called Narendra Modi and said, ‘It will not work if you run away like this, how long will you stay here? Come to Delhi ”

This incident is described in the 12th chapter of the book 'Har Nahi Manunga – Atal Ek Jibon Gantha' written by veteran journalist Vijay Trivedi. According to the book, Modi moved to Delhi a few days after Narendra Modi met Atalji in America. He was then tasked with strengthening the organization with a room in the BJP's old Ashok Road office in Delhi. At that time, Modiji's office had only a table and two chairs for furniture.

One morning in October 2001, Modi was present at a crematorium in Delhi for the funeral of a colleague. At that time, Atalji called Modiji to himself. At that time, Promod Mahajan, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj were very important in the BJP. In Gujarat politics at that time, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at loggerheads with the then Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel. Because in Gujarat at that time Keshubhai's popularity was declining due to his family politics.

In 2000, the BJP lost the Ahmedabad and Rajkot municipal elections, mainly due to Keshubhai's disability. On September 20, 2001, the BJP lost the Ahmedabad, Ellisbridge and Sabarkantha assemblies. The Ellisbridge Assembly belonged to Gandhinagar, the Lok Sabha seat of veteran BJP leader LK Advaniji. The party high command then thought that if this continued, the defeat of the BJP in the 2003 assembly elections would be certain.

And with that in mind, they thought of removing Chief Minister Keshubhai from office. On October 7, 2001, Narendra Modi became the new Chief Minister of Gujarat at the behest of Atalji. And from there his door opened under the central leadership.

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